The book offers insights into the medieval mindset and how it shaped artistic production. It discusses topics such as the symbolism of colors, the role of the senses in perceiving beauty, and the relationship between art and religious devotion. Eco draws upon examples from illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, paintings, and architectural masterpieces to illustrate his points.
“Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages” provides a comprehensive exploration of medieval aesthetics and offers readers a deeper understanding of the artistic and cultural achievements of the period. It is a valuable resource for those interested in art history, medieval studies, or the development of aesthetic theories throughout history.