The Making of the Bibles Moralisées, Volume I: The Manuscripts

The Making of the Bibles Moralisées, Volume I: The Manuscripts

by John Lowden

Hardcover(Library Binding)



The Bibles Moralisées are by far the richest and most complex attempt at biblical illustration ever undertaken. Seven of them survive today, made primarily for the kings and queens of France between the early thirteenth and late fifteenth centuries. John Lowden’s pioneering two-volume study brings new material to light and offers a wholly new approach to understanding the Bibles, which contain literally thousands of figures.

Volume I, based on exhaustive codicological analysis, considers the making and the later history of use of each of the manuscripts. Volume II investigates in detail the treatment of one portion of the Bible, the Book of Ruth, in all the manuscripts. Discussion is supported by many new photographs in color and black and white. Together the two volumes challenge conventional wisdom about both the Bibles Moralisées and the relationship of word and image in medieval culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271019093
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 08/14/2000
Series: Making of the Bible Moralisees Series
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

John Lowden is Reader in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He is the author of Illuminated Prophet Books: A Study of Byzantine Manuscripts of the Major and Minor Prophets (1988) and The Octateuchs: A Study in Byzantine Manuscript Illustration (1992), both from Penn State Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations in Volume Iix
1An Introduction to the Bibles Moralisees1
2Vienna, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS 255411
3Vienna, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS 117955
4Toledo, Tesoro del Catedral, Biblia de San Luis; New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M. 24095
5Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 270b; Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France, MS latin 11560; London, British Library, MSS Harley 1526 and 1527139
6London, British Library, MS Additional 18719189
7Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France, MS francais 167221
8Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France, MS francais 166251
1The Restored Order of Quires and Folios of Vienna 2554285
2The Quires and Foliation of Vienna 1179286
3The Quires and Foliation of Toledo and Oxford-Paris-London Compared288
4The Quires and Hands of Add. 18719 and Francais 167 Compared298
5The Quires and Hands of Francais 166302
Select Bibliography333
Index to Volumes I and II353

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