Thursday, June 24, 2010

Medieval Portraiture Book Gets Top Prize for Best Book in Intellectual History

I'm so eager to get hold of a copy of this book; I am very drawn to accounts of intellectual history that incorporate the arts:

"Associate Professor of Art History Stephen Perkinson's book The Likeness of the King: A Prehistory of Portraiture in Late Medieval France (University of Chicago Press, 2009) has just won the Morris D. Forkosch Prize For The Best First Book in Intellectual History from the Journal of History of Ideas. The book upends several well-established theories on the evolution of portraiture, and takes readers through a fascinating tour of late Medieval history, literature, science, philosophy—ultimately using the face to enter the subtle, very human underpinnings of court life."

Read the full story here.

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