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Composition and Design

Nigel Saul

in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199215980
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191710001 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215980.003.0007
 Composition and Design

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Funerary monuments in the Middle Ages were conceived as producers of meaning, indeed, of multiple meanings. The main influences on design were the monument's twin functions as a spur to intercession and a witness to social status. On even the simplest monument a variety of motifs — visual and textual — was deployed to convey the message to the viewer and to manipulate his response. Typically these included effigies; religious imagery; coats of arms and badges; and architectural adornments such as canopies.

Keywords: effigies; religious imagery; canopies; coats of arms; motifs

Chapter.  13901 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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