Jerusalem, 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Jerusalem, 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven

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'a superb history of the medieval Holy City, a procession of riches beautiful and violent' - The Guardian

A beautiful book exploring the key role that Jerusalem played in shaping the art and culture of the Middle Ages

Medieval Jerusalem was a vibrant international centre and home to multiple cultures, faiths, and languages. Harmonious and dissonant influences from Persian, Turkish, Greek, Syrian, Armenian, Georgian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Indian, and European traditions invested Jerusalem with a key role in shaping the art of the Middle Ages.

Through compelling essays by international and interdisciplinary experts and detailed discussions of more than 200 works of art, this beautiful, authoritative companion book to an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum breaks new ground in exploring the relationship between the historical and the archetypal city of Jerusalem. The book uncovers the ways in which the aesthetic achievements it inspired enhanced and enlivened the medieval world. Patrons and artists from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions alike focused their attention on the Holy City, endowing and enriching its sacred buildings and creating luxury goods for its residents. Beautiful illustrations featuring new photography complement this unprecedented and compelling story of Jerusalem in the Middle Ages.

The catalogue is divided into multiple sections exploring everything from trade patterns and their evidence in Jerusalem markets, to books and authors, to jewellery design. Each section comprises an informative narrative, reproductions of appropriate artefacts and extensive bibliographical as well as additional historical information.

Jerusalem won an Honorable Mention in the Art Exhibitions category for the 2017 American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE)

Read our review.

  • Author: Barbara Drake Boehm Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Date published: October 2016
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1588395986
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 23.5 cm

The catalog is also surprisingly dense with content and background information. It contains more than 20 articles, written by the curators of the exhibition in addition to a long list of historians, archaeologists and experts in religious studies and medieval art. Here the curators, who are also the editors of the catalog, map out both points of friction and collaboration.' - New York Times

'a superb history of the medieval Holy City, a procession of riches beautiful and violent' - The Guardian

'a captivating show displays the visual evidence of a time and place roiled by dozens of ethnic and religious constituencies' - The New Yorker

'Arrows of desire: Jerusalem has been aiming them at the hearts of pilgrims, tourists and potentates for thousands of years. And the complex sensations the stings can deliver — exhilarating, devastating — is what the Metropolitan Museum of Art captures in Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven' - New York Times

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