A medievalist's gaze: Christian visual rhetoric in modern German memorials (1950-2000)

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This study offers an unconventional reading of modern and postmodern German memorials from a medievalist perspective. Beginning with a memorial for German soldiers in El Alamein and continuing with memorials for victims of the Nazis in Germany, the book challenges the visual differences between modern and medieval art and transforms the interactions between the two into six productive conversations. The examples discussed move from Christian themes or visual practice directly connected to medieval art in the surrounding local urban landscape, to secular or abstract projects that seem disconnected from premodern forms and formats. The wide variety of techniques, materials, iconography, layouts, and styles demonstrates that medievalism is a method of observation, one that can underscore the links between several works of art, offer a broader context, add layers of meaning, and explore relationships with nearby visual and social environments, physical and mental landscapes, conflicts and memories. The medieval association may also contribute to a project's potential to arouse empathy and to stand the test of time and distance from the events it is meant to recall. The book's medieval prism will afford the reader greater insight into these works of art and a better understanding of their contribution to modern and contemporary memory culture in Germany.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford; New York
Number of pages284
ISBN (Electronic)1800791089, 1800791097, 9781800791084, 9781800791091, 9781800791107, 9781800791114
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NameGerman visual culture
PublisherPeter Lang
Volumevolume ten

ULI publications

  • uli
  • Christian art and symbolism -- Germany
  • Collective memory -- Germany
  • Memorials -- Germany


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