Radiance and Reflection: Art Collection
I was searching for this website to see what is out there and a lot of interesting things came up. One of them was a book called Radiance and Reflection: Medieval Art from the Raymond Pitcairn Collection
Apparently it was a book written in 1982 and you can download it for free! My Grandma and my family had the big Met coffee table book. I cut out pictures for a collage once to the massive chagrin of my Dad. However, the book is magnificent. It's one of those things you need a whole afternoon to process. The art is absolutely incredible. I remember reading the book The Goldfinch by Donna Tart and having her say how amazing it is to see these works by candlelight the way they are supposed to. I geeked out because this book is about medieval art and if I had a million or more dollars I would be a medievalist. I am just fascinated by this period in European history. The huge personalities and the beliefs. How does one create a feudal state? The gorey punishments which are intense. I named my son after a character from The Welsh Princes Trilogy by Sharon Kay Penman. I also highly suggest reading A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchmann. She wrote about the 14th century and how it was a total disaster. You think about the plague and the way she wrote it was that the distribution of the disease was uneven so some places lost 20% of their population and some rural villages lost 90%. Can you even imagine? We also like to think of this time as unified in religion but there were two popes! Also, medicine was an art but not a science. It was closely aligned with astrology so not precise and definitely considered mystical. The whole reason the Pope was spared from the plague was that he was constantly surrounded by candles. They thought this light protected him but really it warded off the disease carrying fleas. I am so excited to look through the PDFs of this book. I'll update with anything that really strikes me as interesting.