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Reading Texts and Images

Essays on Medieval and Renaissance Art and Patronage

Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies


July 2nd, 2002

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This book is a collection of specially-commissioned art-historical essays on the theme of manuscript studies by some of the world's leading art historians and curators of manuscripts. It is expected to be even more successful and well-received than the comparable volume from University of Exeter Press, The Art of the Book: Its Place in Medieval Worship, edited by Bernard J. Muir. The contributors are writing on their particular area of manuscript study, with the Wharncliffe Hours and the Book of Kells among the important manuscripts discussed. Their essays are written in honour of Margaret M. Manion, Professor Emeritus, Department of Fine Arts, University of Melbourne. Margaret Manion has an international reputation for her work in the field of art history. Her many publications include a facsimile edition of The Wharncliffe Hours (Thames & Hudson) and Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts in Australian Collections (with Vera F. Vines, Thames & Hudson).

Bernard Muir is Reader in Medieval Language and Literature in the English Department, University of Melbourne. His publications include The Exeter Anthology of Old English Poetry (Exeter) and A Pre-Conquest English Prayerbook (Boydell).

List of Contributors Bernard J. Muir (By (author)) Jonathan J. G. Alexander (Contributions by) Janet Backhouse (Contributions by) Dagmar Eichberger (Contributions by) Christopher de Hamel (Contributions by) Thomas Kren (Contributions by) Joan E. Barclay Lloy (Contributions by) Louise Marshall (Contributions by) Nigel J. Morgan (Contributions by) Bernard J. Muir (Contributions by) Lucy Freeman Sandler (Contributions by) Peter Steele (Contributions by) John Stinson (Contributions by) Rodney Thomson (Contributions by) Gerard Vaughan (Contributions by)

... this is a magnificent feast of a volume, handsomely printed on coated paper and lavishly illustrated. The colour printing is of very high quality, doing ample justice not only to the reproductions of medieval images but also to the striking painting... Given the physical beauty of Reading Texts and Images, it is a pleasure to record that the scholarly essays within it are also of the highest quality. The contributors ... include some of the best-known names in the field of medieval manuscript studies.

Bulletin of International Medieval Research, no. 11

Author Information

Bernard Muir is Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Melbourne. His publications include The Exeter Anthology of Old English Poetry (Exeter); A Pre-Conquest English Prayerbook (Boydell).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page6
Copyright Page7
Plates and Figures10
'Waiting for the Revolution'36
1 A Triad for Margaret Manion38
2 The Genealogy of Christ and the Decoration of Folio 188 of The Book of Kells44
3 Minor Manuscript Decoration from the West of England in the Twelfth Century56
4 The River of Life in the Medieval Mosaics of S Maria Maggiore in Rome72
5 The Rimini Antiphonal: Palimpsest Music and Renaissance Liturgical Practice94
6 Patrons and Devotional Images in English Art of the International Gothic c.1350–1450130
7 The Illustration of the Psalms in Fourteenth-Century English Manuscripts: Three Psalters of the Bohun Family160
8 Pink Elephants in Brussels190
9 Seven Illuminated Books of Hours Written by the Parisian Scribe Jean Dubreuil, e.1475–1485194
10 Chastity, Love and Marriage in the Margins of the Wharncliffe Hours246
11 A Further Illuminated Devotional Book for the Use of LadyMargaret Beaufort266
12 Reading the Bodyof a Plague Saint: Narrative Altarpieces and Devotional Images of St Sebastian in Renaissance Art282
13 Close Encounters with Death: Changing Representations of Women in Renaissance Art and Literature318
14 An Eighteenth-Century Classicist's Medievalism: The Case of Charles Townley342
List of Contributors364
Index of Manuscripts368
General Index371