Analysis Of The Book ' Early Medieval Art ' Essay

713 Words Oct 29th, 2015 3 Pages
The object of this book, Early Medieval Art, is to convey the theme that “tradition not only receives and transforms, it literally invents a tradition upon which it founded itself” (p. 15) concerning art of the early medieval era. The purpose of this book is to summarize and offer knowledge to medieval art, that will then be included in the greater series of books by Oxford University Press. Nees accomplished his argument successfully by following the chronological production of the art and the traditions that are imbedded within them. Although, his theses is strongly supported, Ness’ failure is found in his over reliance on the artwork itself that leads to the masking of his personal arguments.

With a skillfully thought out division of the book, Ness is able to execute the timeframe of the creation of medieval art’s traditions and its inspiration. With the clear analysis of his personal argument, Ness is able to counteract the proposed and widely expected belief that with the fall of the Roman Empire, Christianity and its art were able to thrive without any ties to the prior polytheistic religions (p. 15). For example, at the beginning of the Christian religion, Nees explains how decorative symbols and individuals were nonexistent (P.p. 31-32). Although, as the religion progressed, crude examples of early medieval art started to be transformed into Christian iconography. An effective piece of work that Ness presents to support his argument is the Anchor symbol that can…

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