The Cambridge illuminations

ten centuries of book production in the Medieval west

Author: Paul Binski,Stella Panayotova

Publisher: Harvey Miller Pub


Category: Art

Page: 415

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If you have only the slightest of interest in the decoration of Medieval Manuscripts you should be planning a visit to Cambridge before the end of the year; actually before December 11th, for that is when this most fantastic of exhibitions closes. Prompted perhaps by the recent acquisition of the newly discovered Macclesfield Psalter, the University has assembled the best of its manuscripts and those of its colleges in a double exhibition, partly in the Fitzwilliam Museum and partly in the University Library. There, in suitably subdued lighting, the Illuminations of the Middle Ages shine brightly forth - the skilful handiwork of master craftsmen-artists spanning a thousand years. The manuscripts range from the Gospels that Augustine brought with him to Canterbury at the end of the sixth century to the letters patent, writs and charters issued to the University and its Colleges by the later Medieval and Tudor monarchs. It is a breathtaking collection. The manuscripts and the catalogue are cleverly arranged thematically according to their contents and function: The Coming of Christianity, The Bible and its Study, Liturgy and the Offices, Private Devotion, Humanistic manuscripts, and so on, and chronologically within each section. What do I mention next? Will my favourites be yours? The vivid coloured drawings in the Eadwine Psalter, the intense blues and greens of the Bury Bible, countless lively and intricate miniatures in Books of Hours and Psalters, many with floriated backgrounds to inspire William Morris, or Athelstan presenting a book to Saint Cuthbert; and there are musical and scientific and zoological illuminations; and a fine picture of Tully; and, of course, the Macclesfield Psalter itself. The Macclesfield Psalter is Cambridge's latest spectacular acquisition; and it has a room to itself. Described as "the most important medieval illuminated manuscript found in Britain in living memory" it was written and illuminated in East Anglia about 1330. Its illumination is a combination of refined beauty and ribald humour, all depicted in glowing gold and rare pigments. The Psalter has been taken apart which allows the leaves to be displayed separately, and a large number of illuminations to be viewed in the exhibition hence the gallery to itself. It is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to see so much of this spectacular manuscript at one time. This catalogue is filled with authoritative descriptions by Paul Binski, Rosamund McKitterick, Teresa Webber, Nigel Morgan, Jonathan Alexander, Christopher de Hamel, Nicolas Rogers and Stella Panayotova.
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Venice and the Veneto

Author: Peter Humfrey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521808439

Category: Art

Page: 424

View: 9511

This volume provides an account of the art and architecture of Venice and the principal cities of the Venetian mainland empire in the Renaissance, from 1450 to 1600. Thematically organized, it puts special emphasis on the relationship between art and the political, social, and religious institutions of the Venetian Republic. The creative achievements of major painters such as Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese and of major architects such as Sansovino and Palladio are viewed in the context of the particular needs and ideologies of individual and institutional patrons.
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Unnaturally French

Foreign Citizens in the Old Regime and After

Author: Peter Sahlins

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801488399

Category: History

Page: 454

View: 9805

In his rich and learned new book about the naturalization of foreigners, Peter Sahlins offers an unusual and unexpected contribution to the histories of immigration, nationality, and citizenship in France and Europe. Through a study of foreign citizens, Sahlins discovers and documents a premodern world of legal citizenship, its juridical and administrative fictions, and its social practices. Telling the story of naturalization from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, Unnaturally French offers an original interpretation of the continuities and ruptures of absolutist and modern citizenship, in the process challenging the historiographical centrality of the French Revolution.Unnaturally French is a brilliant synthesis of social, legal, and political history. At its core are the tens of thousands of foreign citizens whose exhaustively researched social identities and geographic origins are presented here for the first time. Sahlins makes a signal contribution to the legal history of nationality in his comprehensive account of the theory, procedure, and practice of naturalization. In his political history of the making and unmaking of the French absolute monarchy, Sahlins considers the shifting policies toward immigrants, foreign citizens, and state membership.Sahlins argues that the absolute citizen, exemplified in Louis XIV's attempt to tax all foreigners in 1697, gave way to new practices in the middle of the eighteenth century. This "citizenship revolution," long before 1789, produced changes in private and in political culture that led to the abolition of the distinction between foreigners and citizens. Sahlins shows how the Enlightenment and the political failure of the monarchy in France laid the foundations for the development of an exclusively political citizen, in opposition to the absolute citizen who had been above all a legal subject. The author completes his original book with a study of naturalization under Napoleon and the Bourbon Restoration. Tracing the twisted history of the foreign citizen from the Old Regime to the New, Sahlins sheds light on the continuities and ruptures of the revolutionary process, and also its consequences.
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Tributes to Jonathan J.G. Alexander

The Making and Meaning of Illuminated Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts, Art & Architecture

Author: Susan L'Engle,Gerald B. Guest

Publisher: Harvey Miller Pub


Category: Art

Page: 532

View: 2848

In this volume honoring the well-known scholar of illuminated manuscripts, 38 senior scholars have contributed essays of their research, with b/w plates of the highest quality included for their illustration. There are essays on marginalia, the interaction of text and image, cultural context, and workshop methods. Seven essays are included on artists and scribes (one is in Italian), with contributions by Lilian Armstrong (Wellesley College, Massachusetts), Benjamin David (Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon), and Lawrence Nees (U. of Delaware). Indexes are included of manuscripts, printed books, artists, scribes and painters, owners, and patrons. A complete bibliography of Alexander (Institute of Fine Arts, New York U.) is also provided.
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History of Civilizations of Central Asia

Author: Ahmad Hasan Dani,Vadim Mikhaĭlovich Masson

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120814073

Category: Asia, Central

Page: 535

View: 3507

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The History of Freedom and Other Essays

Author: John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Baron Acton

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 638

View: 9942

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M. Tullii Ciceronis Orationes

Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero

Publisher: N.A


Category: Oratory, Ancient

Page: N.A

View: 7849

Posted in Oratory, Ancient

The Works of John Knox

Author: John Knox

Publisher: N.A


Category: Reformation

Page: N.A

View: 7227

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Spanish Books in the Europe of the Enlightenment (Paris and London)

A View from Abroad

Author: Nicolás Bas Martín

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004359524

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

View: 2377

In A View from Abroad Nicolás Bas recreates, using a bibliographical approach, the manner in which Spain was regarded in Europe in the Eighteenth century, by consulting booksellers’ catalogues, private book collections and key auctions in Paris and London.
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The Radical Bourgeoisie

The Ligue de L'Enseignement and the Origins of the Third Republic 1866-1885

Author: Katherine Auspitz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521526869

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 985

A reassessment of the role of French Radicals as thinkers and politicians.
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The Fifteenth-Century Book

The Scribes, the Printers, the Decorators

Author: Curt F. Bühler

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512800968


Page: 200

View: 8789

The fifteenth century, one of the most curious and confused periods in recorded history, witnessed amazing developments in the printing industry and in the production of books. The present volume surveys the history of the manufacture of books throughout the fifteenth century, whether written by hand or produced by the press, and points out that both methods faced very similar problems and found almost identical solutions for them. Actually, the fifteenth century itself saw no material difference between manuscripts and incunabula (fifteenth-century printings), and regarded the latter simply as codices produced by "a new method of artificial writing." Curt F. B�hler discusses the impact of the epoch-making invention on the scribes as well as the attitudes that the contemporary book-lovers adopted toward the products of the press. The author also studies the types of men who were attracted to the new industry and the nature of the books that they believed to be readily vendible. In addition, certain familiar beliefs regarding the history of the early presses are challenged, and possible solutions are presented for the problems are still imperfectly understood. To illustrate the text, beautiful reproductions of illuminated manuscript pages, printed pages, colophons, woodcut illustration, and early typefaces have been included. The author's discussion of the decoration in books is not so much a study in the fine arts but, rather, an analysis of the types of volumes which lent themselves to decoration, and the various forms of such work.
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The Early Elizabethan Polity

William Cecil and the British Succession Crisis, 1558-1569

Author: Stephen Alford

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521892858

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 7264

An alternative account of the so-called 'succession crisis' in the first decade of the reign of Elizabeth I.
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Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero

Publisher: Sagwan Press

ISBN: 9781377147673

Category: History

Page: 710

View: 6637

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
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The Springtime of the Renaissance

Sculpture and the Arts in Florence 1400-60

Author: Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi,Marc Bormand

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788874611867

Category: Art

Page: 548

View: 8841

Florence is justly named the 'cradle of the renaissance'. It was here that, inspired by the revival of interest in classical antiquity, fuelled by civic pride and fostered by the wealthy Medici family, a visual language was created that was to be spoken
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The world of Aldus Manutius

business and scholarship in Renaissance Venice

Author: Martin Lowry

Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

View: 7806

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Braun/Hogenberg: Cities of the World

Author: Stephan Füssel

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836556415


Page: 768

View: 5443

Talk of the town: A landmark in urban mapping More than four centuries on from its first publication, discover one of thejewels of urban cartography and civic studies. This quality reprint includes the most enchanting color plates from theCivitates orbis terrarum, a magnificent collection of town map engravings, produced between1572 and 1617.Featuringplans, bird s-eye views, and maps for all major cities in Europe, plus important urban centers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, this masterwork in urban mapping gives us a comprehensive view of city life at the turn of the 17th century. It was edited and annotated by theologian and publisherGeorg Braunand largely engraved byFranz Hogenberg, but also involved over a hundred different artists and cartographers who contributed not only town views, but additional elements, such as figures in local dress, courtroom scenes, and topographical details, to help convey thesituation, commercial power, and political influenceof each city.TASCHEN's reprint contextualizes the plates with selected extracts from Braun s original texts on thehistory and significance of each urban centeras well as detailed commentaries to place each city map in itscartographical and cultural context. About the Series: Bibliotheca Universalis Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price!Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing.Bibliotheca Universalisbrings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm s delight never bore, always excite! "
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The Sacrificial Body and the Day of Doom

Alchemy and Apocalyptic Discourse in the Protestant Reformation

Author: Urszula Szulakowska

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers

ISBN: 9789004150256

Category: History

Page: 180

View: 3616

This study positions Paracelsian alchemy, medicine and medical physiology within the apocalyptic discourse of the Protestant Reformation. Specific attention is paid to alchemical illustrations of ritual sacrifice, death and resurrection.
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The Classical Text

Aspects of Editing in the Age of the Printed Book

Author: E. J. Kenney

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520027114

Category: Classical literature

Page: 174

View: 9604

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The Changing Face of Empire

Charles V, Phililp II and Habsburg Authority, 1551-1559

Author: M. J. Rodríguez-Salgado

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521085675

Category: History

Page: 396

View: 5648

Using a vast range of primary sources, this substantial and important volume provides a comprehensive analysis of the division and near-collapse of Habsburg authority during the 1550s. The principal episodes of this period (the death of Charles V, the accession of Philip II, and the latter's marriage to Mary Tudor) are well known in outline, but Dr Rodriguez-Salgado provides much that is new and original, both on the internal history of Spain, and on the highly complex diplomacy of the period. Why did Charles V and Philip I go to war against France, and Papacy and Islam, and how did the multinational empire survive the huge financial demands such wars placed upon it? Spanish relations with England and France are examined in detail, and The Changing Face of Empire does a great deal to illuminate the breakdown in relations with the Netherlands that was to culminate in the Dutch Revolt.
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