Duby, Georges [Michel Claude]
Date born: October 7, 1919
Place Born: Paris, France
Date died: December 3, 1996
Place died: Aix-en-Provence, France
Medievalist historian who wrote some art history, especially on medieval building and society. Duby's parents were Louis Duby and Marguerite Dimanche (Duby), provincial crafts workers of Mâcon. Duby's early education was not the usual climb through a series of auspicious schools characteristic of notable French academics. He attended a lycee in Mâcon. At the outbreak of World War II, Duby joined the French Army, 8th Artillery Regiment, in 1940. At the conquest of France by Germany, he returned to school, but again, the closest school to his home, the Universite de Lyon, graduating with his agrege des lettres, 1942, under the most modest of scholars, Jean Jules Deniau (b. 1886). He marred Andree Combier the same year. He joined the Universite de Lyon as an assistant under Deniau in faculty of letters in 1944. He moved to the Universite de Besançon in 1950 as professor of medieval history, but the following year transferred to the Universite d'Aix Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, as professor of medieval history, described by Willima Baldwin as the most distant of the major French universities. He received his docteur des lettres in 1952 from the Sorbonne, writing his famous dissertation, La Societe aux XIe et XIIe siecles dans la region mâconnaise, under Charles-Edmond Perrin (1887-1974). Duby was awarded the Premier Prix Gobert from the Academie française for the book form of his dissertation the following year. Despite offers to join the Sixth Section o fthe Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (the section of the Sorbonne of the Annalistes), Duby remained at Aix until 1969. During this time Duby issued a number of texts on art history. His L'Europe des cathedrales, 1140-1280, and illustrative book, appeared in 1966 and translated into English the same year. The following year he produced a similarly-based text, Adolescence de la chretiente occidentale, 980-1140. In 1970 he was appointed professor of history of medieval societies at the Collège de France. During his years teaching at the Sorbonne, he wrote Saint Bernard, l'art cistercien, 1976, and reissued L'Europe des cathedrales as volume two of a larger three-volume art treatment, Le Temps des cathedrales: L'Art et la societe, 980-1420. Le Temps des cathedrales appeared in English in 1981. Duby was elected to the Academie Française in 1987, retiring from the Sorbonne in 1992. A study of medieval imagery of women, written with Michelle Perrot, Images de femmes, was published the same year in both French and English. He and Michel Laclotte edited the series L'histoire artistique de l'Europe, 1995, from which the essay, Art et societe au Moyen-âge appeared as a separtate monograph. He died of cancer in Aix the following year.
Duby's art-history writing was ancillary to his history and largely intended for a more popular audience. However, these books brought his brand of social scholarship to this readership drawn to the highly-illustrated format of the texts. The Age of the Cathedrals divided up the artistic accomplishment of the middle ages into themes such as God is Light 1130-1190, Happiness 1250-1280, etc. This theoretical framework in some ways forces itself upon a form tradition much more complex. There can be no doubt, however that his early research at the Burgundian monastery of Cluny, also an important monument for art history, provided him an important background from which to write. Methodologically, Duby embraced the Annales School, although not technically a student of the Annalistes historians Marc Bloch (1886-1944) and Lucien Febvre (1878-1956), an approach employing archival research to construct the daily life and mental attituded and avoiding 'politics as history.'
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Descripción French & European Pubns, 1965. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110320048748
Descripción French & European Pubns, 1965. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0320048748