The Agency of Art Objects in Northern Europe, 1380–1520
This monograph book offers a new interpretation of northern European art of the fifteenth century. The author presents it as a conglomerate of objects-things which act on the recipient in a specific – material and spatial – way. He analyzes macro-scale objects that impose movement on the viewer, and micro-scale objects that encourage manipulation. Inspired by the anti-anthropocentric concept of “returning to things” (B. Latour, A. Gell and others), the author searches for the “agency of things” in late-medieval art objects, which evoke specific liturgical, devotional, propaganda-political behaviors, or establish the status of social owner of the object that once co-created the network of material and spiritual culture. This methodologically innovative approach is part of the latest research in early art in Western Europe and the United States.
Keywords1380–1520; Agency; Europe; Europie; German Sculpture; Medieval Bookmaking; Medieval Printmaking; medieval tapestries; Middle Ages; Netherlandish Painting; Northern; Objects; Objekty; Polnocnej; Sztuki; Ziemba
ISBN9783631841402, 9783631841594, 9783631841600, 9783631821237, 9783631841402
Publication date and placeBern, 2021