Death and Art: Europe 1200-1530

ISBN: 9781851775835

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In Medieval and Renaissance Europe, where life expectancy was under forty and the Church taught that, after dying, the soul faced a terrifying and uncertain onward journey, death in Medieval and Renaissance Europe was a major preoccupation. This fascinating book sets out the beliefs surrounding death and the afterlife in a mainly Catholic Europe, and explores how these shaped attitudes to the visual arts. Townsend reveals how people of every background commissioned devotional works and wore protective jewellery; built tombs and went on pilgrimage – all to improve their soul’s chances after death. Fully illustrated with images from a wide range of media including sculpture, jewellery and painting, this is a unique look at the art of death.