Crusader Figural Sculpture in the Holy Land
Twelfth century examples from Acre Nazareth and Belvoir Castle
by Moshe Barasch
Rutgers University Press, 1971, [First Edition], b/w photographic plates, illustrated end-papers, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0813566808
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear to book, minor edge and shelf wear to price-clipped dustjacket with some rubbing
'Dr. Mosche Barasch, Jack Cotton Associate Professor of the History of Art at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, here presents a pioneering study of five related groups of sculptures, survivals of twelfth-century efforts by the Crusaders to build Christian monuments at appropriate sites in the Holy Land.
Through stylistic analysis and consideration of their provenance, Dr. Barasch deduces a=that these sculptures are directly related to French Provencal sculpture of the first half of the twelfth century, and were produced by French artisans between 1150 and 1190. They were strongly influenced by the great anonymous masters at Moissac and other sites in southern France, who worked approximately fifty years earlier. The buildings for which these sculptures were intended were commissioned by French knights engaged in the Third Crusade, and were subsequently destroyed or left in ruins by the Saracens.'