BOOKS RECEIVED: Erica Gibson, “Ceramic Makers’ Marks” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
Erica Gibson’s comprehensive guide provides a much-needed catalogue of ceramic makers’ marks of British, French, German, and American origin found in North American archaeological sites. Consisting of nearly 350 marks from 112 different manufacturers from the mid-19th through early 20th… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jamie Hampson, “Rock Art and Regional Identity: A Comparative Perspective” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
Why did the ancient artists create paintings and engravings? What did the images mean? This careful study of rock art motifs in the Trans-Pecos area of Texas and a small area in South Africa demonstrates that there are archaeological and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Leslie Bedford, “The Art of Museum Exhibitions: How Story and Imagination Create Aesthetic Experiences” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Leslie Bedford, former director of the highly regarded Bank Street College museum leadership program, expands the museum professional’s vision of exhibitions beyond the simple goal of transmitting knowledge to the visitor. Her view of exhibitions as interactive, emotional, embodied, imaginative… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Christopher M. S. Johns, “The Visual Culture of Catholic Enlightenment” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Until relatively recently, most scholars considered the notion of a Catholic enlightenment either oxymoronic or even illusory, since the received wisdom was that the Catholic Church was a tireless and indefatigable enemy of modernist progress. According to Christopher Johns, however,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stern, Markschies, and Shalev-Eyni, eds., “The Monk’s Haggadah: A Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee (Penn State UP, 2015)
In 1489, a magnificent illustrated Passover Haggadah was sent as a bequest to the Monastery of Saint Quirinus at Tegernsee in southern Germany. Shortly afterwards, the monastery’s librarian sent the book to a Dominican friar named Erhard von Pappenheim, a… Read More
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