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Opening the Macclesfield Psalter: Patrons and Priories

It is undeniable that the Macclesfield Psalter is virtually unrivalled for its lavish illustrations. The gilded representations of structural, organic and allegorical elements are alluring and were certainly significant for the medieval recipients. Despite its beauty and rare pigments it was not just a work of art to simply gaze upon.

The Great Canterbury Psalter

One manuscript, created in two countries by two different workshops, over a hundred years apart.

Asteriscos et obelos suis locis restitui – the revision of the Psalter during the Carolingian Renaissance

Today, I would like to discuss one type of early medieval psalter and the one feature that discerns this type – and that is the presence of critical signs.

Transformations of Print into Painting: A Case Study of the Context of Prints in an Illustrated Brigittine Psalter

This liturgical psalter raises issues of the production and consumption of religious texts in convents in the northern Netherlands.

The Metamorphoses of a Late Fifteenth-Century Psalter (Harl. MS. 1892)

Illuminated Psalters were rarely produced in the fifteenth century and, after a late flourishing in the last decade with a couple of lavish copies,1 they virtually disappeared by the early sixteenth century.

The Art of Comparing in Byzantium

The Art of Comparing in Byzantium Maguire, Henry The Art Bulletin, Vol. 70, No. 1 (1988) Abstract Rhetoric was an important component of Byzantine higher education, which affected the literature, art, and even mentality of the Byzantines. A study of the theory of encomium and censure shows how rhetorical structures, especially comparisons and biographical sequences, […]

Animals in English Wood Carving

Animals in English Wood Carving Druce, G. C. The Third Annual Volume of the Walpole Society, 1913-1914 (Oxford, 1914), Version 2 (August 2004) Abstract The treatment of animals and birds in ecclesiastical carvings hardly seems to have received sufficient attention in the past. In common with other unobtrusive details they are liable to be passed over […]

‘For What Purpose Do They Spend?’ Some Preliminary Thoughts on Penwork Produced by William de Brailes and his Collaborators

‘For What Purpose Do They Spend?’ Some Preliminary Thoughts on Penwork Produced by William de Brailes and his Collaborators Johnston, Cynthia Marginalia, Vol. 9, (2009) Abstract In the catalogue description of six leaves from a Psalter attributed to William de Brailes (Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 330), Paul Binski comments that ‘[i]lluminated Bibles produced in France and England […]

“Marginal Beings: Hybrids as the Other in Late Medieval Manuscripts”

“Marginal Beings: Hybrids as the Other in Late Medieval Manuscripts” Thimann, Heidi Hortulus, Vol. 5, No. 1, (2009) Abstract This paper concerns the hybrids in the margins of medieval psalters and Books of Hours. In showing examples from the Rutland Psalter, the Luttrell Psalter, and The Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux, I ask what are these hybrids’ […]

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