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.
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 I||ix|
|1||An Introduction to the Bibles Moralisees||1|
|2||Vienna, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS 2554||11|
|3||Vienna, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS 1179||55|
|4||Toledo, Tesoro del Catedral, Biblia de San Luis; New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M. 240||95|
|5||Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 270b; Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France, MS latin 11560; London, British Library, MSS Harley 1526 and 1527||139|
|6||London, British Library, MS Additional 18719||189|
|7||Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France, MS francais 167||221|
|8||Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France, MS francais 166||251|
|1||The Restored Order of Quires and Folios of Vienna 2554||285|
|2||The Quires and Foliation of Vienna 1179||286|
|3||The Quires and Foliation of Toledo and Oxford-Paris-London Compared||288|
|4||The Quires and Hands of Add. 18719 and Francais 167 Compared||298|
|5||The Quires and Hands of Francais 166||302|
|Index to Volumes I and II||353|