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Camille, Michael

Works: 95 works in 317 publications in 6 languages and 8,044 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Illustrated works  Pictorial works  Conference papers and proceedings  Exhibition catalogs  History  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Attributed name, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Michael Camille
Gothic art : glorious visions by Michael Camille( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When we look at the soaring spaces of Chartres cathedral or the shimmering pages of a gilded and painted manuscript, we are witnesses to a new kind of vision. In this radical reappraisal of Gothic art in Europe, the word "Gothic" describes not only an art style but a changing concept of space, time, and society - a new kind of perception, both visual and spiritual, in which light is of central importance. Camille shows us how the art of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries was seen in its own time and explores the way vision itself was understood. In this age of glorious painting, magnificent, intricate architecture and sculpture, and jewellike manuscript illumination, art was an expression of religious passion and earthly power, of public and private wealth; of science and learning. The new vision led to an explosion of brilliant images but had its grim side, rarely noticed by art history: the distorted representation of "others" like Jews, heretics, and lepers; a new vision not only of the marvelous, but also of the grotesque."--Jacket
Image on the edge : the margins of medieval art by Michael Camille( Book )

43 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gargoyle lurks at the corner of a Gothic cathedral. A monstrous face peers from the margin of a medieval text. At the far reaches of cultural spaces a chorus of odd and arresting figures assembles, commenting endlessly on the world it surveys. What these characters are doing at the margins is the subject of Michael Camille's new book, an exhilarating account of the medieval imagination testing--and defining--its boundaries. Where others have isolated the marginal image as a detail, Camille considers such marginalia in direct and complex relation to the whole work. Ranging with graceful authority through the culture of the Middle Ages, from art to architecture, music to illustrated manuscripts, courtly romances to social rituals, he finds in the margins a distorted yet apt reflection of medieval conventions. It is here at the edge--of the monastery, the cathedral, the court, the city--that medieval artists found room for experimentation, for glossing, parodying, modernizing, and questioning cultural authority without ever undermining it. Viewing marginalia in their proper social and cultural context, Camille reveals scandalous and subversive aspects, as well as apparently paradoxical stabilizing functions. He rejects oppositions such as high and low, profane and sacred, and instead projects a vision of medieval culture in which marginal resistance, inversion, and transgression play an integral, even necessary, role. Chimeras as disruptions of religious order; gargoyles as embodiments of fears and temptations; scatological drawings as manifestations of crisis in the chivalric class; charivari as ritual reinscriptions of social norms: Image on the Edge presents a vivid picture of a medieval world in which contradictions were not only tolerated, but worked with exquisite detail into the very fabric of society. With a richness of expression in keeping with his subject--and with a wealth of sumptuous illustrations--Camille illuminates these details; in doing so, he revises and enhances our understanding of medieval culture's self-representation
The Gothic idol : ideology and image-making in medieval art by Michael Camille( Book )

34 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the theme of idol-worship in medieval art. The author reveals the ideological basis of paintings, statues and manuscript illuminations that depicted the worship of false gods in the 13th and 14th centuries
The medieval art of love : objects and subjects of desire by Michael Camille( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and Dutch and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Romantic love is as old as time, but many of the symbols of love that we enjoy and use today - hearts and flowers, sentimental gifts and poems - were born in the medieval era, the age of chivalry."--BOOK JACKET. "Here you can discover that courtly world through its exquisite paintings and illuminations, richly hued tapestries, and gilded jewels. The Medieval Art of Love is a delightful guide through the delicate expression of affection and passion that is the hallmark of the Middle Ages."--BOOK JACKET. "A book to charm and intrigue every lover, this volume is also a thoughtful examination of the symbolism of love in medieval European art. Michael Camille explores the metaphoric and social settings of love and its myths and paradoxes."--Jacket
Mirror in parchment : the Luttrell Psalter and the making of medieval England by Michael Camille( Book )

16 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the status of visual evidence in history? Can we actually see the past through images? Where are the traces of previous lives deposited? Michael Camille addresses these important questions in Mirror in Parchment, a lively, searching study of one medieval manuscript, its patron, producers, and historical progeny."--Publisher's description
Master of death : the lifeless art of Pierre Remiet, illuminator by Michael Camille( Book )

11 editions published in 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Camille's 'little history of death' as well as exhuming the life and work of a single medieval artist whose speciality was the representation of suffering, old age, death and corporeal decay, explores the macabre obsessions that permeated late medieval culture and the more general relationship between mortality and image-making. How did the artist figure the inevitable and how was the fact of death, emblematized in the painted corpse, made to work as a social sign of cadaverous presence in the absence of life. Camille argues that the medieval world perceived death as larger than life, that death was implicit at birth and stretched beyond the end of life to the resurrection of the body at the last Judgement. Each of Camille's chapters, framed by an imagined account of the illuminator's last hours and illustrated with examples of his art follows this inexorable path of death. Camille describes the theological origins of death and its physical beginnings at birth. He shows how representations of death shaped medieval notions of the historical past. In this period, people were constantly preparing themselves for death, as shown by Remiet's striking image of the figures of Death waiting at the end of the pilgrimage of human life. Remiet's frequent depiction of the rotting corpse reveals his society's dreaded anticipation of the end of time when, reawakened in the flesh, each individual would face the threat of an eternal and terrifying second death
The gargoyles of Notre-Dame : medievalism and the monsters of modernity by Michael Camille( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most of the seven million people who visit the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris each year probably do not realize that the legendary gargoyles adorning this medieval masterpiece were not constructed until the nineteenth century. The first comprehensive history of these world-famous monsters, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame argues that they transformed the iconic thirteenth-century cathedral into a modern monument." "Michael Camille begins by recounting architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc's ambitious restoration of the structure from 1843 to 1864, when the gargoyles were designed, sculpted by the little-known Victor Pyanet, and installed. These gargoyles, Camille contends, were not mere avatars of the Middle Ages, but rather fresh creations - symbolizing an imagined past - whose modernity lay precisely in their nostalgia. He goes on to map the critical reception and many-layered afterlives of these chimeras, notably in the works of such artists and writers as Charles Meryon, Victor Hugo, and photographer Henri Le Secq. Tracing their eventual evolution into icons of high kitsch, Camille ultimately locates the gargoyles' place in the twentieth-century imagination, exploring interpretations by everyone from Winslow Homer to the Walt Disney Company." "Lavishly illustrated with more than three hundred images of its monumental yet whimsical subjects, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame is a must-read for historians of art and architecture and anyone whose imagination has been sparked by the lovable monsters gazing out over Paris from one of the world's most renowned vantage points."--Jacket
Imagining an Irish past : the Celtic revival, 1840-1940( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other objects of desire : collectors and collecting queerly( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le monde gothique by Michael Camille( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in 4 languages and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une synthèse des enjeux politiques, spirituels et culturels de cette apogée de l'Occident chrétien, à partir de XIIe siècle
Images dans les marges : aux limites de l'art médiéval by Michael Camille( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in French and Japanese and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Kunst der Liebe im Mittelalter by Michael Camille( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in German and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'art de l'amour au Moyen Âge : objets et sujets du désir by Michael Camille( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in French and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toutes les idées relatives à l'amour romantique furent élaborées par les poètes et les artistes du Moyen Age. Faisant appel à une profusion d'images, datant du 12e au 15e siècle, l'auteur explore le cadre symbolique et social de l'amour, ses mythes et ses paradoxes en tant que code social d'une élite. [SDM]
Les gargouilles de Notre-Dame : médiévalisme et monstres de la modernité by Michael Camille( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in French and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arte gótico : visiones gloriosas by Michael Camille( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in Spanish and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I thought I had time : from the Western Blot Series by Robert Farber( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imagining an Irish past : the Celtic revival, 1840-1940( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World art : themes of unity in diversity : acts of the XXVIth International Congress of the History of Art by International Congress of the History of Art( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oeuvres complètes by Eugène Scribe( Book )

in French and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The illustrated manuscripts of Guillaume de Deguileville's Pelerinages 1330-1426 by Michael Camille( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Gothic art : glorious visions
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Camille, M.

Michael Camille art historian specialized in the European Middle Ages

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English (189)

French (19)

German (14)

Spanish (6)

Japanese (2)

Dutch (2)

Image on the edge : the margins of medieval artThe Gothic idol : ideology and image-making in medieval artThe medieval art of love : objects and subjects of desireMirror in parchment : the Luttrell Psalter and the making of medieval EnglandMaster of death : the lifeless art of Pierre Remiet, illuminatorThe gargoyles of Notre-Dame : medievalism and the monsters of modernityImagining an Irish past : the Celtic revival, 1840-1940Other objects of desire : collectors and collecting queerlyImagining an Irish past : the Celtic revival, 1840-1940