This spring and summer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has been holding an exhibition displaying a wide array of medieval artifacts, some not previously shown. This catalog to that exhibit reveals greater depth while still offering fine representations of the amazing breadth of items collected by the Met. The catalog is arranged chronologically by period, from the fourth to the 16th century. Each entry is accompanied by at least one picture, the majority, unfortunately, in black and white, with text of varying lengths. The contributors, all noted art scholars and curators, examine not only the physical particulars of the item and its art historical context but also its acquisition history, as of the relief sculpture from the fourth century that spent recent years as a lawn ornament. Wixom, who just retired as Michel David-Weill Chairman of the Department of Medieval Arts and the Cloisters, has done a fine job with this well-constructed catalog. His contributed texts are particularly detailed and engrossing. Recommended for larger general libraries and all specialized collections.--Karen Ellis, Baldwin Boettcher Lib., Humble, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
This volume and its accompanying exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in March, 1999, together serve as an introduction to the richness, quality, and scope of the museum's medieval treasures. Following an introductory essay on the complexities of the collecting process, catalogue entries focus on about 200 of the most important secular and religious objects, arranged chronologically by type and date. Large color illustrations (many offering multiple views), accompany extensive documentation including provenances, former collection and exhibition histories, notes, and bibliographic references. Contains 435 illustrations, 110 of them in color. Oversize: 9.50x12<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)