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Able Minds and Practiced Hands: Scotlands Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century Sally M. Foster

Able Minds and Practiced Hands: Scotlands Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century

Sally M. Foster

Published July 5th 2017
ISBN : 9781351577847
440 pages
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One hundred years on from J. Romilly Allen and Joseph Andersons 1903 landmark publication, The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, twenty six essays explore the current state of knowledge of early medieval sculpture in Scotland. They demonstrate... MoreOne hundred years on from J. Romilly Allen and Joseph Andersons 1903 landmark publication, The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, twenty six essays explore the current state of knowledge of early medieval sculpture in Scotland. They demonstrate the unique value of this material in contributing to our understanding of the society and people that created it between 1000 to 1500 years ago. Todays approaches and techniques offer new insights, as well as great hope, for what might be learnt from future study of familiar and new material alike.The essays exemplify the ever-diversifying, interdisciplinary approaches that are being taken to the study of early medieval sculpture. Key themes that emerge include: the interdependence of conservation, research and access- the need for a 21st-century inventory of the sculpture- the breadth and value of the wide range of the research tools that now exist- conservation issues, including the politics of how and where sculpture should be protected, and the pressing need to identify priorities for action- and, what is probably the most important development over the last 100 years, the increase in awareness of the range of values and significances that attaches to early medieval sculpture, including appreciation of context.