Inside Christian churches, natural light has long been harnessed to underscore theological, symbolic, and ideological statements. In this volume, twenty-four international scholars with various specialties explore how the study of sunlight can reveal essential aspects of the design, decoration, and function of medieval sacred spaces. Themes covered include the interaction between patrons, advisors, architects, and
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This volume, published by Brepols, reveals the impact that art objects manufactured in the Islamic and Byzantine Mediterranean had on the medieval visual culture of England. It also addresses the complex phenomenon of the Crusades, in which both violence and dynamic cultural interaction coexisted. A carefully integrated group of studies begins with the so-called “Chertsey”
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The extraordinary discovery of a Breviary-Missal at the Leone Museum in Vercelli has brought tolight the oldest known evidence of Salerno’s liturgy, which dates back to the years of ArchbishopRomualdo II Guarna (1153-1181). The manuscript joins a group of codices kept at the “SanMatteo” Diocesan Museum in Salerno, and provides many hitherto unpublished codicological,musicological, and
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Medieval manuscripts are our shared inheritance, and today they are more accessible than ever—thanks to digital copies online. Yet for all that widespread digitization has fundamentally transformed how we connect with the medieval past, we understand very little about what these digital objects really are. We rarely consider how they are made or who makes
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Essays illuminate specific material contexts that similarly witness western Europe’s, and particularly England’s, engagement with the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean, including ceramics, textiles, relics and reliquaries, metalwork, coins, sculpture, and ivories.
Beatus illuminated manuscripts were mainly produced in the Iberian region but also in French and Italian territories between the 10th and 13th centuries when Beatus of Liébana’s Commentary on the Apocalypse was copied in monastic scriptoria. Depending on their origin and time, the versions of their animals were modified.
Tracing the medieval reliquary’s “pre-history”, this volume examines boxes bearing Christian images and patterns made between the fourth to the sixth century CE.
In this volume, Joanne Allen explores the widespread presence of screens and their role in Florentine social and religious life prior to the Counter-Reformation.
Andrew Casper (Miami Univeristy) was awarded the 2022 Roland H. Bainton Book Prize by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) for Best Book in Art and Music History.
Frankish Manuscripts covers the earliest period in this series devoted to manuscripts illuminated in France.