Studies in Manuscript Illumination, 1200-1400 [Hardback]

Lucy Freeman Sandler (Author)

ISBN: 9781904597391 | Published by: Pindar Press | Year of Publication: 2008 | Language: English 806p, 218 illus.

Studies in Manuscript Illumination, 1200-1400


The author is Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History emerita at New York University, Institute of Fine Arts , and a leading authority on English medieval manuscript illumination. This volume brings together twenty-eight of Professor Sandler's studies, focusing on illustrated manuscripts produced in England in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, particularly on the illuminated psalters. They are arranged under four headings, 'Marginalia and Word Imagery,' 'Devotional, Visionary and Self-Images,' 'Illustrated Encyclopedias and Scholarly Texts,' and 'Studies of Individual Manuscripts, Artists and Themes.' The marginal illustrations in the psalters are a topic of particular interest, and there are a number of iconographic studies derived from this material. A second section features essays that look at the effect of manuscript imagery on its viewing, reading, and meditating audience. The third section deals with the illustrated encyclopedias of the period, particularly the Omne bonum , a fourteenth-century manuscript compiled and written by James le Palmer, a scribe in the London Exchequer. A final section deals with a number of manuscripts from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, in particular East Anglian works such as the Peterborough and Ramsey Psalters.

Table of Contents

Introduction; MARGINALIA AND WORD IMAGERY: A Series of Marginal Illustrations in the Rutland Psalter; Reflections on the Construction of Hybrids in English Gothic Marginal Illustration; A Bawdy Betrothal in the Ormesby Psalter; The Word in the Text and the Image in the Margin: The Case of the Luttrell Psalter; The Study of Marginal Imagery: Past Present, and Future; Pictorial and Verbal Play in the Margins: The Case of the British Library, Stowe MS 49; The Images of Words in English Gothic Psalters. DEVOTIONAL, VISIONARY, AND SELF-IMAGES: Face to Face with God: A Pictorial Image of the Beatific Vision; The Image of the Book-owner in the Fourteenth Century: Three Cases of Self-definition; The Wilton Diptych and Images of Devotion in Illuminated Manuscripts; The Chantry of Roger of Waltham in Old St Paul’s. ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND SCHOLARLY TEXTS: Notes for the Illuminator: The Case of the Omne Bonum; Omne bonum: Compilatio and Ordinatio in an English Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Fourteenth Century; Encyclopedia; Illustrations of Canon Law in the ‘Omne Bonum,’ an English Encyclopedia of the Fourteenth Century; Index-Making in the Fourteenth Century: Archbishop Arundel’s Copy of the Gospel Commentary of William of Nottingham; The Role of Illustrations in James le Palmer’s ‘Omne Bonum’; John of Metz, The Tower of Wisdom. STUDIES OF INDIVIDUAL MANUSCRIPTS, ARTISTS AND THEMES: The Historical Miniatures of the Fourteenth-Century Ramsey Psalter; Peterborough Abbey and the Peterborough Psalter in Brussels; A Follower of Jean Pucelle in England; Christian Hebraism and the Ramsey Abbey Psalter; An Early Fourteenth-Century English Breviary at Longleat; An Early Fourteenth-Century English Psalter in the Escorial; A Fragment of the Chertsey Breviary in San Francisco; Jena Pucelle and the Lost Miniatures of the Belleville Breviary; The Handclasp in the Arnolfini Wedding: A Manuscript in Precedent; Bedford in Brooklyn. Index. Acknowledgements.

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