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Book review: Elizabeth den Hartog on Janet T. Marquardt, Zodiaque. Making Medieval Art Modern 1951-2001, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press 2015

30 October 2015

Making medieval art modern
Janet T. Marquardt, Zodiaque. Making Medieval Art Modern 1951-2001, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press 2015, 202 pp. and 86 illustrations (70 b&w and 16 colour), ISBN 978-0-271-06506-9 Hardcover edition $74.95.
Elizabeth den Hartog 13/EdH1

Abstract: Janet T. Marquardt’s book ‘Zodiaque. Making medieval art modern’ discusses the historical context, history and impact of the Zodiaque publications issued by the monks from the abbey of Ste-Marie de la Pierre-qui-Vire in Burgundy between 1951 and 2001 and links the striking photogravures, the core business of these books, to the modern movement. Although Marquardt’s view that the Zodiaque series made a great impact on the study of Romanesque sculpture is somewhat overrated, her claim that the photogravures should be seen as avant-garde works of art and the books as a “museum without walls” is entirely convincing.

Key words: Romanesque, photography, avant-garde modernism, twentieth-century catholicism, Zodiaque

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