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Herman Pleij

Van karmijn, purper en blauw

Over kleuren van de Middeleeuwen en daarna

Shades of Meaning in the Middle Ages and After

Contrary to the drab images of the period popularized in the media today, parades of vibrant color were on display at every level of Medieval European society. Not only did clothing sport gaudy and often clashing colors, but food, statues, animals, even hair and beards flaunted the most brazen hues. Yet not everyone revered color; many believed it to be an ephemeral, worldly deception and a sign of immorality.

Towards the end of the Medieval period, perceptions of color became emblematic of broader cultural issues. Black and blue, primarily associated with asceticism, sorrowand humility, became the colors of royalty and the urban aristocracy, while bright, flashy colors came to be associated with the devil who, it was believed, had painted the world in tempting hues to lure humanity into sin and away from the path of eternal salvation. As a result, every Godfearing person began to avoid colorful displays, choosing instead more somber shades, a preference still seen today in the blacks and dark blues of our offices and boardrooms.

Colors Demonic and Divine looks at painting, fashion, poetry, heraldry, religion and history to tell the story of Medieval attitudes to color and the profound and pervasive influence they still have on our own societies.

Including a wealth of vivid detail and ranging over theology, poetry, painting, heraldry, fashion, and daily life, this book elucidates the attitudes toward color in medieval times and the effect these attitudes still have on modern society.

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Herman Pleij

Herman Pleij lectures on Dutch historical literature at the University of Amsterdam. He has previously published the bestselling Het gilde van de Blauwe Schuit (‘The Guild of the Blue Barge’, 1979), about the rituals surrounding the celebration of carnival in the Middle Ages, and the…

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Details

Van karmijn, purper en blauw. Over kleuren van de Middeleeuwen en daarna (2002). Non-fictie, 171 pagina's.
Aantal woorden: 31.000

Thema's: middeleeuwen

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