The Study of Medieval Art I: 1900–50

C. M. Kauffmann

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The Study of Medieval Art I: 1900–50

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This chapter examines the history of the study of medieval art in Great Britain during the first half of the twentieth century. Before 1932, no British university offered an honours degree course in the history of art. In the case of the British Academy, art did not figure in any of its sections until 1923 when the title of Section Two was changed to Medieval and Modern History and Archaeology and Art. Three fellows of this section include M.R. James, G.F. Warner and O.M. Dalton. This chapter also highlights the contributions of continental art historians to the development of British medieval studies. They include Hugo Buchtal, Otto Demus and Ernst Kitzinger.

Keywords: medieval art; Great Britain; British university; honours degree course; British Academy; M.R. James; G.F. Warner; O.M. Dalton; Hugo Buchtal; Otto Demus

Chapter.  3810 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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