The Allegory of the Church Paperback

Romanesque Portals and Their Verse Inscriptions

by Calvin B Kendall;

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The Allegory of the Church

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Verse inscriptions in stone appeared in abundance on the fa├žades of Romanesque churches in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Marking the place where medieval worshippers were transported from secular to sacred space, portal verse inscriptions provide important, and often overlooked, insights into the dynamic function of the portals and their art. "The Allegory of the Church" is the first full-length study of Romanesque verse inscriptions in the context of church portals and portal sculpture, and is the product of a twenty-year study. Calvin B. Kendall demonstrates how these inscriptions served to express the role of the church building as a concrete allegory of Christ and the Church. Describing them in detail, he traces the history and nature of the changes in allegorical interpretation of the inscriptions until, as medieval assumptions about language and rhetoric changed, they were finally abandoned by Gothic artists. An exemplary work of interdisciplinary scholarship, "The Allegory of the Church" includes a detailed catalogue of Romanesque verse inscriptions.

The Allegory of the Church by Calvin B Kendall was published by University of Toronto Press in May 1998. The ISBN for The Allegory of the Church is 9781442613096.

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Details for The Allegory of the Church

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press (May 1998)
Number of Pages458
Thickness24 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4319451
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