Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Spring 2020

Publication Title

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching






Medieval art often remains inaccessible to viewers because of the complexity of its subject matter. Given the importance of storytelling in medieval art and its biblical subjects, a great deal is missed when the viewer is not familiar with its imagery. Wendy A. Stein’s book attempts to increase the viewer’s understanding of medieval art through detailed descriptions of each scene and an explanation of their theological significance. This objective is achieved not only through the text but in the abundance of photographs of each object. These photographs are especially appreciated, since some of the objects are quite small and composed of multiple scenes. In almost all cases, individual photographs for each episode of an object accompany the description.


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