The Study of Medieval Art 2: 1950–2000

Jonathan J. G. Alexander

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 2: 1950–2000

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This chapter examines the history of the study of medieval art in Great Britain during the period from 1950 to 2000. The British Academy created a separate section for History of Art and Music, but in many quarters art history was still thought of as the province of the amateur art-lover rather than an object of serious study. Only the Courtland Institute continued to be the only institution in England offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The situation changed in the 1960s and 1970s when all branches of the discipline experienced major growth in the areas of conservation studies and art-book publishing.

Keywords: medieval art; Great Britain; British Academy; art history; Courtland Institute; England; conservation studies; art-book publishing

Chapter.  9999 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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