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The Problems Of Pictish Art, 1955-2009

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Pictish art is characterised by its outstanding legacy of sculptured stone, a smaller legacy of exquisite metalwork, and a disconcerting absence of any manuscript evidence or much that can be classed as architecture. The study of Pictish art has, not surprisingly, followed the same basic development as art history in general and it is therefore useful to go back to the bedrock of Pictish art studies, Allen and Anderson's Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, published in 1903 (ECMS). The deeply introverted approach to Pictish art was transformed by Charles Thomas in the 1960s. His comparisons show Pictish society to be a completely normal variation of the Late Iron Age. Art historians are involved with how an object was used and also with reception theory; how an object was perceived and understood at various stages of its existence. The chapter contains reference articles and books which are mentioned in the chapter.

Keywords: art historians; Charles Thomas; Pictish art

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