Beauty in the Beasts: A Study of Medieval Aesthetics

  title={Beauty in the Beasts: A Study of Medieval Aesthetics},
  author={Debra Hassig},
  journal={RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics},
  pages={137 - 161}
  • Debra Hassig
  • Published 1 January 1990
  • Art
  • RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics
art.2 We lack a significant body of contemporary writings ? what would today be called art criticism ? directed toward painting.3 From the modern art historian's perspective, interpretive problems include the distortion and reduction of forms, and the consistent absence of realism in medieval painting. In addition, there does not seem to be any medieval, articulated sets of well-defined decorative/design principles, including the use of color and line. It is possible, however, to derive… 
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