Le moyen âge fantastique  

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Le Moyen Age fantastique : antiquités et exotismes dans l'art gothique (1955) is an art history book written by Jurgis Baltrušaitis and published by Armand Colin. Its subject matter is Gothic art of the Middle Ages that displays fantastic (or fantastique) and exotic qualities.

In this work, Baltrušaitis analysed the origins of exoticism and fantastic images in Gothic art. He found these beginnings in three different art traditions:

  • the heritage of Hellenic Greek and Roman art
  • Islamic civilisation
  • influences from China and India

On the cover of one edition is a detail from the Apocalypse Tapestry of Angers.



Grylles gothiques

Baltrušaitis introduces the têtes à jambes and mentions the one of Lambeth Palace, one on the ceilings of Metz of 1220 and one at the Fitzwilliam Museum. He cites Adolf Furtwängler's Die antiken Gemmen (1900).

Bizarreries des sceaux et des monnaies antiques

Ornements et cadres islamiques

Arabesques fantastiques

Ailes de chauve-souris et démons chinois

Prodiges extrême-orientaux

Grands thèmes bouddhiques

L'arc en accolade oriental

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