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The Medieval Body

The Medieval Body


This fascinating and richly illustrated book accompanies The Medieval Body, the third in a series of vanguard exhibitions that places medieval masterpieces within a contemporary context.


The title of the exhibition refers to both a literal thread of figuration that runs throughout the works in the presentation, as well as the complex and often shifting symbolism of the human body in the medieval period. For thinkers and artists of that time, the human body served as a rich source of religious and philosophical significance, one that was in a constant state of flux between idealism and

disfigurement. While the early Middle Ages reserved representations of suffering bodies to the margins of their world, the later Middle Ages displayed wounded bodies in the most central spaces of public life. The crucified body of Christ and the wounded bodies of saints assumed important positions as they were displayed on altars, in processions, and on the exteriors of churches.


The Medieval Body tells a unique story about the human form as both a physical entity and a recognizable metaphor. Presenting works spanning the course of a thousand years, this exhibition offers insight into the body as an essential imagemaking tool with far-reaching implications for the development of art in the European Middle Ages.

  • Jana Gajdošová and Matthew Reeves

    Spring 2022

    ISBN: 978-1-739885-00-7

    Paperback, 270 x 230 mm

    66 pages, 82 colour illus.

    Published by Luhring Augustine and Sam Fogg

    Distributed by Paul Holberton Publishing

  • About the authors

    Jana Gajdošová is a specialist at Sam Fogg in London. Her work has been published in Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, Speculum and GESTA.

    Matthew Reeves is a director at Sam Fogg and leads its team of medieval specialists. He has coauthored publications including Late Medieval Panel Paintings Vol. II: Materials, Methods, Meanings; Maiolica before Raphael: Italian Ceramics before 1500 and Late Medieval and Renaissance Textiles.

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