For two millennia the Bible has inspired the creation of art. Within this legacy of remarkable art and beauty, illuminated biblical manuscripts offer some of the best evidence for our understanding of early Christian painting and artistic interpretations of the Bible. This beautiful and important new book, compiled and written by two internationally renowned experts, immerses the reader in the world of illuminated manuscripts of the Bible. Through its pictures we are transported across 1,000 years of history, passing chronologically through many of the major centres of the Christian world. Starting in Constantinople in the East, the journey moves on to Lindisfarne in the North, to imperial Aachen, back to Canterbury, then to Carolingian Tours in western France. Later we view some of the riches of Winchester, Mozarabic Spain, Crusader Jerusalem, the Meuse valley, northern Iraq, Paris, London, Bologna, Naples, Bulgaria, the Low Countries, Rome and Persia. Our journey ends in Gondar, the capital of imperial Ethiopia. Fortyfive remarkable books - each a treasure in its own right - provide our itinerary through time and across continents. Together they enable us to explore and revel in the extraordinary art and beauty of illuminated biblical manuscripts, some of the finest but least-known paintings from the Middle Ages.
Author: Richard Hayman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: 2017-09-21
Illuminated manuscripts are among the most beautiful, precious and mysterious works of Western art. Before the printing press was invented, books were produced by hand and their illustration using brightly coloured pigments and gold embellishments was a labour of love and an act of piety in itself. The results are stunning. The works emanating from the scriptoria of monasteries were mainly religious texts, including illuminated bibles, psalters, and works for private devotion known as books of hours. Illuminated Manuscripts describes the origin and history of illumination in the Middle Ages, covering the artists and their techniques, and the patrons who commissioned them. It explains the subject matter found in medieval works, such as saints and Bible stories and the use of ornamental flourishes, and is illustrated with many fine examples of the genre including the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells.
When one thinks of women in the Middle Ages, the images that often come to mind are those of damsels in distress, mystics in convents, female laborers in the field, and even women of ill repute. In reality, however, medieval conceptions of womanhood were multifaceted, and women’s roles were varied and nuanced. Female stereotypes existed in the medieval world, but so too did women of power and influence. The pages of illuminated manuscripts reveal to us the many facets of medieval womanhood and slices of medieval life—from preoccupations with biblical heroines and saints to courtship, childbirth, and motherhood. While men dominated artistic production, this volume demonstrates the ways in which female artists, authors, and patrons were instrumental in the creation of illuminated manuscripts. Featuring over one hundred illuminations depicting medieval women from England to Ethiopia, this book provides a lively and accessible introduction to the lives of women in the medieval world.
Author: Karl K?nstle
Publisher: Рипол Классик
Die Legende Der Drei Lebenden Und Der Drei Toten Und Der Totentanz: Nebst Einem Exkurs ?ber Die Jakobslegende; Im Zusammenhang Mit Neureren Gem?ldefunden Aus Dem Badischen Oberland. Mit einer farbigen und sechs schwarzen tafeln sowie 17 text abbildungen.
Author: Christopher De Hamel
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Release Date: 1997-09-26
Medieval manuscripts are counted among the greatest glories of Western civilization. With their gold and painted decoration and their charming miniatures, they have always had immense appeal, and images from them can be seen everywhere - from greeting cards and wrapping paper to expensive facsimiles. This entertaining and authoritative book is the first to provide a general introduction to the whole subject of the making of books from the Dark Ages to the invention of printing and beyond. Christopher de Hamel vividly describes the widely different circumstances in which manuscripts were created, from the earliest monastic Gospel Books to university textbooks, secular romances, Books of Hours and classical texts for humanist bibliophiles. As the story unfolds the wonderful variety of manuscripts and their illumination is revealed, and many fundamental questions are answered - who wrote the books, what texts they contained, who read them, how they were made and what purposes they served. Illuminated manuscripts have alway been highly valued, and among them are some of the world's great masterpieces of art. With its lively narrative and many new and superb illustrations, this new edition of a much-praised book provides the perfect introduction to a large and fascinating subject.
Illumination- the art of 'lighting up' a page through the use of illustration to break up text and make it more comprehensible. Illuminated Manuscripts and their Makers describes the extraordinary collective skill and artistry that went into the making of these medieval masterpieces and features pages from the finest examples in the collections of the V&A, some never published before. Illuminated manuscripts are widely recognised as among the most beautiful objects of the western world. This is a book about their making- about the many talents involved in producing the missals, books of hours, brevaries and bibles that astonish us still with their richness and beauty. Illuminated manuscripts were collaborative productions, with different specialists contributing script, initials, borders, illustration, and binding to any work. Rowan Watson's study is both scholarly and rich in anecdote; he not only brings individual scribes adn book dealers vividly to life but also throws light on the commercial and religious environments in which they worked, and on the cooperative working practices devised for their production. The illustrations are drawn from the exceptional and largely unpublished collections of the V&A, and the text offeres us an entirely new look at the subject, treating illumination as a key to the history of the period as much as an expression of medieval and Renaissance (and neo-Gothic) styles and sensibilities.
Author: Robert E. McNally
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2005-07-01
In the first part of this intriguing study, McNally treats the complex social, intellectual, and theological factors that affected biblical interpretation in the early medieval period. In the second part he provides a classified bibliography of commentaries from the period.
As the end of the first millennium drew near - a date when many expected the end of the world - the beleaguered Christian communities of Spain, still dominated by Islam, were experiencing a profound spiritual crisis. To make sense of their predicament, they turned to the Revelation of St John the Divine, in particular the commentary written three centuries before by the monk Beatus of Liebana, making of their illuminated manuscripts an art form of extraordinary expressive power. More than twenty of these manuscripts survive, dating from between 900 and 1100, all illuminated in a colorful style known as Mozarabic - a combination of Carolingian, Islamic, Byzantine and Visigothic art. The Beatus manuscripts are the largest, but not the only, body of such work; there are Bibles and a small number of other religious texts. All, however, share the same apocalyptic vision. Cut off from the rest of Europe and obsessed by the imminence of God's judgement, these artists invented a world peopled by angelic warriors, demons and beasts, exotic birds and serpents and luxuriant trees. This bizarre, psychologically fascinating world is revealed here in superb colour plates and finely detailed black and white illustrations. Mireille Mentre explores the context of the illuminations and explains their dense theological meaning without dissipating their magic.
Author: Thomas Kren
Publisher: Getty Publications
Release Date: 1997-11-13
The Getty Museum’s collection of illuminated manuscripts, featured in this German-language book, comprises masterpieces of medieval and Renaissance art. Dating from the tenth to the sixteenth century, they were produced in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, England, Spain, Poland, and the eastern Mediterranean. Among the highlights are four Ottonian manuscripts, Romanesque treasures from Germany, Italy, and France, an English Gothic Apocalypse, and late medieval manuscripts painted by such masters as Jean Fouquet, Girolamo da Cremona, Simon Marmion, and Joris Hoefnagel. Included are glistening liturgical books, intimate and touching devotional books for private use, books of the Bible, lively histories by Giovanni Boccaccio and Jean Froissart, and a breathtaking Model Book of Calligraphy.