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Studying Early Christian Sculpture in England and Ireland: The Object of Art History or Archaeology?

Jane Hawkes

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264508
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0017

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Studying Early Christian Sculpture in England and Ireland: The Object of Art History or Archaeology?

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This chapter examines whether the current study of the early Christian sculpture of England and Ireland is the object of art history or archaeology. It explains that the methods used to study early medieval sculpture in Ireland and England are accepted and discredited in both archaeological and art-historical circles. The chapter investigates two distinct approaches in Ireland and England, which intersect so thoroughly with art history and archaeology that they have come to be used to examine the medieval sculpture.

Keywords: early Christian sculpture; England; Ireland; art history; archaeology

Chapter.  5551 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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