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The illuminated manuscript, Janet Backhouse

Label
The illuminated manuscript
Title
The illuminated manuscript
Statement of responsibility
Janet Backhouse
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The first manuscript featured here is the priceless Lindisfarne Gospels. It was written and illuminated at the end of the seventh century, when Europe was still largely heathen and the British Isles were on the outer limit of the known world. The last colour plate shows a map of the New World and dates from about a thousand years later when Europe was going through Reformation and Counter-Reformation. It is easy to forget that paintings in manuscripts far outnumber all other types of painting and decoration during this period. They are vital witnesses to the development of European art, but they were always conceived as book illustrations and always intimately connected with a text. Janet Backhouse also points out that illumination was a craft rather than an art in the twentieth-century sense, and that by the thirteenth century the production of books was a professional business. The popular belief that all manuscripts were made by monks toiling away in draughty cloisters can only be true of the early Middle Ages. The technicalities of manuscript production are clearly explained: the vellum for a single volume of the great Carolingian or Romanesque Bibles may be thought of in terms of a flock of between two and three hundred sheep. But it is the illuminations themselves and their variety both in style and content that are so amazing. All the plates, which are drawn from Bibles, Psalters, Bestiaries, Books of Hours, Lives of Saints, Romances and many other sources, are selected from the magnificent collection of the British Library. -- Inside jacket flap
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Backhouse, Janet
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
ND3310
LC item number
.B32 1979
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Illumination of books and manuscripts
Label
The illuminated manuscript, Janet Backhouse
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 6
Control code
ocm05271434 810123
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
80 p.
Isbn
9780714819693
Lccn
78073502
Note
111753 $17.50 h
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Label
The illuminated manuscript, Janet Backhouse
Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 6
Control code
ocm05271434 810123
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
80 p.
Isbn
9780714819693
Lccn
78073502
Note
111753 $17.50 h
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)

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