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Representing the Law (Catalogue)

CATALOGUE – Representing the Law in the Most Serene Republic: Images of Authority from Renaissance Venice, Michael Widener and Christopher W. Platts, eds, New Haven (CT) 2016 (Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School).

The Venetian Republic, a prosperous and powerful state in Renaissance Europe, cultivated an image of stability and liberty. This image-making is on display in a Yale Law Library exhibition, Representing the Law in the Most Serene Republic: Images of Authority from Renaissance Venice. The exhibition draws on the outstanding collection of Italian law books in the Yale Law Library’s Rare Book Collection, along with drawings and medals from the Yale University Art Gallery and reproductions from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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Beyond Words (Catalogue)

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CATALOGUE – Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections, Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Lisa Fagin Davis, Anne-Marie Eze, Nancy Netzer & William P. Stoneman, eds, Boston 2016 (McMullen Museum of Art).

The catalog Beyond Words features illuminated manuscripts from nineteen Boston-area institutions, this catalog provides a sweeping overview of the history of the book in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as a guide to its production, illumination, functions, and readership.

Entries by eighty-five internationalexperts document, discuss, and reproduce more than two hundred and sixty manuscripts and early printed books, many of them little known before now. Beyond Words also explores the history of collecting such books in Boston, an uncharted chapter in the history of American taste.

Of broad appeal to scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike, this catalog documents one of the most ambitious exhibitions of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts ever to take place in North America.

Major support for the publication of the catalog was provided by Daniel and Joanna S. Rose with additional support from the Rose Marrow Fund.

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Colour: The Cambridge Exhibition’s Catalogue

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CATALOGUE: COLOUR. The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, edited by Stella Panayotova, Turnhout (Belgium) 2016 (Brepols Publishers), hardback, 420 p., 414 colour ill., €  75,00.

This richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition that celebrates the bicentenary of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge with a display of its finest illuminated manuscripts.

Of all the medieval and Renaissance arts – from sculptures, ivories, frescoes and stained glass to easel and wall paintings – it is manuscript illuminations, protected inside volumes, that best preserve the glowing colours and precious metals that would have dazzled their original spectators.

The focus of this exciting and innovative exhibition is on COLOUR: it integrates scientific and art historical analyses of painting materials and techniques with studies on the manuscripts’ historic contexts of production, including the relationships between artists and patrons.

Identifications of the pigments’ chemical composition and methods of application are considered alongside their aesthetic impact as well as the multiple dimensions and meanings of colour appreciated by medieval and Renaissance viewers.

Over 150 manuscripts are displayed in the exhibition dating from the 8th to the 19th century and all are catalogued and fully illustrated here. The manuscripts are grouped in 14 thematic sections each of which is introduced by an essay that includes further relevant illustrations and presents the scientific and art historical analyses in a broader cultural context.

The majority of the exhibits are from the Museum’s collection and the main focus is on Western European illumination, but examples of Byzantine, Armenian, Persian and Sanskrit manuscripts are also included. In addition there are special loans from other Cambridge, British and European collections.

The catalogue entries and introductory essays are written by a team of leading manuscript scholars, scientists and conservators who offer an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach and new insights into the art of illumination.

Table of Contents

Director’s Preface, Acknowledgements.

* Stella Panayotova, Colour in Illuminated Manuscripts
* Paola Ricciardi and Kristine Rose Beers, The Illuminators’ Palette
* Spike Bucklow, The Trade in Colours
* Richard Gameson, The Image of the Illuminator
* Nancy K. Turner and Doris Oltrogge, Pigment Recipes and Model Books: Mechanisms for Knowledge. Transmission and the Training of Manuscript Illuminators
* Spike Bucklow, Alchemy and Colour
* Stella Panayotova and Paola Ricciardi, Masters’ Secrets
* Stella Panayotova, with contributions by Marie D’Autume, Edward Cheese, Rebecca Honold, Paola Ricciardiand Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, From Vandalism to Reconstruction
* Nigel Morgan, Painting with Gold and Silver
* Nigel Morgan, Modelling in Manuscript Painting c.1050–c.1500
* Nigel Morgan and Elizabeth J. Moodey, Grisaille in Manuscript Painting
* Nancy Turner, ‘Incarnation’ Illuminated: Painting the Flesh in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
* Stella Panayotova, Colour Theory, Optics and Manuscript Illumination
* Deirdre Jackson, Colour and Meaning.

Appendix
* Paola Ricciardi, Analytical Methods and Equipment Glossary of terms.

– Index of works of art cited
– Bibliography.

The Peck Shahnama

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CATALOGUE: Princeton’s Great Persian Book of Kings. The Peck Shahnama, by Marianna Shreve Simpson; with an essay by Louise Marlow, Princeton 2015 (Yale University Press), 208 p., 107 color illus., $50.00.

Princeton’s Great Persian Book of Kings presents the first comprehensive examination of a beautifully decorated yet relatively unknown manuscript of the Shahnama (Book of Kings), created in 1589–90 in the flourishing cultural center of Shiraz. Held by Princeton University and now on view at the Princeton University Art Museum’s exhibition, the manuscript is called the Peck Shahnama after its donor, the work ranks among the finest intact 16th-century Persian manuscripts in the United States.

Composed more than one thousand years ago, the epic poem Shahnama narrates the story of Iran from the dawn of time to the 7th century A.D. Its 50,000 verses and countless tales of Iran’s ancient kings and heroes have been a vital source of artistic inspiration in Persian culture for centuries. Author Marianna Shreve Simpson offers a detailed discussion of the Peck Shahnama, including its origins, history, and artistic characteristics.

All of the manuscript’s intricately illuminated and illustrated folios are reproduced with stunning new photography, and each is accompanied by commentary on its narrative themes and artistic presentation. An essay by Louise Marlow explores the manuscript’s extensive marginal glosses, an unusual feature of the Peck Shahnama.

Marianna Shreve Simpson is a Philadelphia–based independent scholar who has written extensively about Islamic book arts. Louise Marlow is professor of religion and program director for Middle Eastern studies at Wellesley College.

Bramante a Milano (catalogo)

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CATALOGUE: Bramante a Milano. Le arti in Lombardia 1477 – 1499, catalogo della mostra a cura di Matteo Ceriana, Emanuela Daffra, Mauro Natale e Cristina Quattrini, Milano, Pinacoteca di Brera, 4 dicembre 2014 – 22 marzo 2015, Ginevra – Milano 2014 (Skira).

A cinquecento anni dalla morte, un omaggio alla poliedrica personalità di Donato Bramante (1443/44–1514) che illustra la sua lunga attività in Lombardia (sicuramente dal 1477 fino al 1499) e l’impatto che la sua opera ha avuto sugli artisti dell’Italia settentrionale.

Sostanzialmente autodidatta, spirito inquieto e ingegnoso, Bramante si è formato alla corte dei Montefeltro a Urbino, dove è stato in contatto con gli architetti, gli scultori e i pittori attivi per il duca Federico. Piero della Francesca deve avere giocato un ruolo fondamentale nella sua formazione visiva benché prevalesse in lui, rispetto all’impegno speculativo del pittore marchigiano, un’attitudine pragmatica, una predisposizione a essere “risoluto, presto e bonissimo inventore” (Vasari) che gli ha consentito di essere il protagonista di una serie di celebri realizzazioni che hanno profondamente rinnovato il linguaggio architettonico in Italia tra Quattro e Cinquecento.

Questa monografia vuole attualizzare la figura dell’artista indagando sia le fasi essenziali della sua formazione, sia la sua attività in Italia settentrionale e in modo particolare a Milano e in Lombardia. Le novità portate da Bramante nel territorio lombardo, in un momento di straordinaria vitalità culturale della corte sforzesca (con la presenza tra gli altri di Leonardo da Vinci e del poeta fiorentino Bernardo Bellincioni) toccano non solo l’architettura, ma anche (forse in modo più esteso) la pittura, la miniatura, l’insieme delle arti figurative, come mostrano diffusamente le opere presentate nel volume che documentano a livelli di eccellenza il grande rinnovamento dell’arte lombarda.

Sommario

* Sandrina Bandera, Matteo Ceriana, Emanuela Daffra, Mauro Natale e Cristina Quattrini, Introduzione (pp. 17-18)
* Matteo Ceriana, Emanuela Daffra, Ante 1477. Un percorso indiziario a ritroso (pp. 19-32)
* Sandrina Bandera, Maria Cristina Passoni, Matteo Ceriana, Il cantiere “moderno” di Santa Maria presso San Satiro (pp. 33-53)
* Matteo Ceriana, Edoardo Rossetti, I “baroni” per Gaspare Ambrogio Visconti (pp. 55-70)
* Emanuela Daffra, Sul Cristo alla colonna ora a Brera (pp. 71-76)
* Cristina Quattrini, Stefania Buganza, Carlo Cairati, Bramante e gli artisti lombardi (pp. 77-93)
* Edoardo Rossetti, Bramante cortigiano? Note sui rapporti tra l’artista urbinate e la società milanese (pp. 95-99)
* Massimo Zaggia, Bramante uomo di lettere (pp. 101-108)
* Francesca Rossi, A proposito della fortuna del disegno bramantesco (pp. 109-115).

Opere
I. Urbino, Bergamo gli esordi (pp. 119-125)
II. Intorno all‘Incisione Prevedari e a Santa Maria presso San Satiro (pp. 127-135)
III. Gli Uomini d’arme e le figure all’antica (pp. 137-153)
IV. Intorno al Cristo alla colonna (pp. 155-159)
V. Bramante e gli artisti lombardi (pp. 161-181).

Apparati
Schede delle opere (pp. 184-212)
Bibliografia (pp. 213-230).

Un pittore all’ombra di San Petronio

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CATALOGUE: Giovanni da Modena. Un pittore all’ombra di San Petronio, catalogo della mostra a cura di Daniele Benati e Massimo Medica, Bologna, Museo Civico Medievale, 12 dicembre 2014 – 12 aprile 2015, Cinisello Balsamo 2014 (Silvana Editoriale), € 28,00.

Il volume è dedicato a uno dei maggiori protagonisti della pittura tardogotica in Italia, Giovanni di Pietro Falloppi, meglio noto come Giovanni da Mode- na. L’artista, modenese di nascita, ma bolognese di adozione, è autore della decorazione della ben nota Cappella Bolognini nella basilica di San Petronio (1411-12 ca.), con il Giudizio universale, le Storie dei Magi e le Storie di San Petronio, capolavoro assoluto della pittura tardogotica bolognese.

Per quasi quattro decenni, la figura di Giovanni da Modena domina il panorama della cultura artistica bolognese, raccolta intorno all’importante cantiere di San Petronio, in grado di sollecitare nuove presenze in città di artisti forestieri, attirati anche dalla permanenza della corte del nuovo pontefice – l’antipapa Giovanni XXIII – eletto nel 1410.

Il catalogo, dal taglio monografico, raccoglie l’esito degli studi più aggiornati sul pittore, di cui viene ricostruito il lungo periodo di attività, avviato all’inizio del XV secolo. L’opera di Giovanni da Modena viene indagata nei saggi accolti nel volume in relazione al panorama artistico bolognese del tempo, e anche in riferimento ad altri campi artistici, come la miniatura, cui si è lui stesso dedicato, o la scultura, nel dialogo avviato con alcune personalità dell’epoca, quali Alberto da Campione o Jacopo della Quercia. Il volume è completato da apparati bibliografici.

Indice

* Daniele Benati, Giovanni da Modena, tra gotico e rinascimento (pp. 15-43)
* Massimo Medica, Giovanni da Modena e la miniatura a Bologna nell’età del Grande scisma (pp. 45-67)
* Laura Cavazzini, Giovanni da Modena e la scultura (pp. 69-83)
* Fabio Massaccesi, Le grandi imprese di Giovanni da Modena in San Petronio (pp. 85-109)
* Paolo Cova, Una testimonianza della tarda attività della bottega di Giovanni da Modena: l’Andata al Calvario e la Crocifissione nel complesso di Santo Stefano (pp. 111-133)
* Giancarlo Benevolo, Bologna e la Chiesa nella prima metà del Quattrocento (pp. 135-147).

Tavole (pp. 150-172)
Catalogo delle opere (pp. 174-213, nn. 1-18).

Apparati
Repertorio documentario, a cura di Giancarlo Benevolo (pp. 215-219)
Bibliografia delle opere in catalogo (pp. 220-223).

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The St. Albans Psalter

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CATALOGUE: Kristen Collins, Peter Kidd and Nancy Turner,  The St. Albans Psalter: Painting and Prayer in Medieval England, Los Angeles 2013 (The J. Paul Getty Museum), $25.00.

The catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloisteron view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from September 20, 2013, to February 2, 2014.

The St. Albans Psalter is one of the most important, famous, and puzzling books produced in twelfth-century England. It was probably created between 1120 and 1140 at St. Albans Abbey, located on the site where Alban, England’s first saint, was martyred.

The manuscript’s powerfully drawn figures and saturated colors are distinct from those in previous Anglo-Saxon painting and signal the arrival of the Romanesque style of illumination in England. Although most twelfth-century prayer books were not illustrated, the St. Albans Psalter includes more than 40 full-page illuminations and over 200 historiated initials. Decorated with gold and precious colors, the psalter offers a display unparalleled by any other English manuscript to survive from the period.

In 2007 the St. Albans Psalter was removed from its binding and in 2012 the disbound leaves traveled to the J. Paul Getty Museum, where scholars, conservators, and scientists conducted a close examination. New evidence revealed here challenges several prevailing assumptions about this richly illuminated manuscript.

Contents

* Timothy Potts, Foreword (pp. 6-7)
* Kristen Collins, Pictures and the Devotional Imagination in the St. Albans Psalter (pp. 9-63)
* Peter Kidd and Nancy K. Turner, Materiality and Collaborative Enterprise in the Making of the St. Albans Psalter (pp. 65-95)

Appendix 1: Phisical Description of the St. Albans Psalter (pp. 96-97)
Appendix 2: Glossary (pp. 98-99)

Suggestions for Further Reading (p. 100)
Kristen Collins, Acknowledgments (p. 101)
Index (pp. 102-103)
Illustration Credits (p. 104).

Miracles in Miniature (Catalogue)

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CATALOGUE: Roger S. Wieck, with contributions by Francisco H. Trujillo, Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Master of Claude de France, New York 2014 (The Morgan Library & Museum), 95 pages, $25.00.

Published to accompany the 2014 Morgan exhibition Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Master of Claude de France (click here).

The Master of Claude de France was one of the last great French illuminators. His was a fine and delicate style, characterized by the use of subtle lilacs, mauves and roses, juxtaposed with chartreuse and royal blue—all applied in tiny, almost invisible brushstrokes. The Claude Master flourished in Tours (in the Loire valley) for only about twelve years (ca. 1508-1520), leaving behind a small but exceptional oeuvre.

Over the last several years, the Morgan has acquired a critical mass of the Claude Master’s work, the centerpiece of which is the Prayer Book of Claude de France, one of two tiny, jewel-like manuscripts that he painted for the queen of France. The Prayer Book was a personal commission by Queen Claude (first wife of King François I) around the time of her coronation in 1517.

Trésors enluminés à Toulouse (catalogue)

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CATALOGUE: Trésors enluminés. De Toulouse à Sumatra, Musée des Augustins – Musée des Beaux Arts de Toulouse, 16 novembre 2013 – 16 février 2014,  édité par la Ville de Toulouse / Musée des Augustins, Toulouse 2013, 181 pages quadri, format 210 x 270 mm, broché, € 29,00.

Sous le patronage scientifique de François Avril, conservateur général honoraire à la Bilbiothèque nationale de France.

Commissaires de l’exposition: Charlotte Riou (conservateur des sculptures au musée des Augustins) et Chrystèle Blondeau (maître de conférences à l’Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre).

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Blackburn’s ‘Worthy Citizen’

CATALOGUE: Blackburn’s ‘Worthy Citizen’: The Philanthropic Legacy of R.E. Hart, catalogue of the exhibition held at the Goldsmith’s Library Reading Room, Senate House Library, Malet Street, London, from the 8th to the 23rd of November 2013, London 2013 (Institute of English Studies), £8.00.

A London exhibition of a select number of manuscripts and incunabula from the Hart Collection, Blackburn Museum and Art gallery.

The catalogue includes edited content from Sarah Biggs (Courtauld Institute), Anthony Harris (University of Cambridge), Cynthia Johnston (Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study and Project Lead), and Courtnay Konshuh (University of Winchester). The catalogue has been further edited, collated and prepared by Sarah Biggs and Cynthia Johnston. As well as a comprehensive introduction to the history and content of the collection and a select bibliography, the catalogue includes detailed descriptive entries and numerous high quality images from The Peckover Psalter (MS Hart 21117), The Blackburn Psalter (MS Hart 21001), Books of Hours, Use of Sarum (MS Hart 21018 and 21040), Ars Moriendi (MS Hart 9977), Books of Hours, Use of Rome (MS Hart 20996, 20932, and 20884), Peregrina- tiones in Terram Sanctam, Breydenbach (MS Hart 13687), and De claris mulieribus (MS Hart 20281).

There are thirty two manuscript images in the catalogue of which twenty one are in full colour and many have never been published before. The images were digitised in high-resolution at the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery by the Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (University of Manchester) under the supervision of Vinai Solanki (Museum Curator), and Cynthia Johnston with technical direction by Anthony Harris.

Anybody involved in any aspect of medieval studies, art history and manuscript studies will find the catalogue an indispensable resource as well as an essential companion to the exhibition which can now be found on the fourth floor of the Senate House Library. Catalogues can be purchased online from the School of Advanced Study shop.

The catalogue is a high quality production and is an Institute of English Studies publication.

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Faces of Power and Piety

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CATALOGUE: Erik Inglis, Faces of Power and Piety, Los Angeles – London 2008 (The J. Paul Getty Museum and The British Library).

Faces of Power and Piety is the second in the Medieval Imagination series of small, affordable books that draw on manuscript illuminations in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and the British Library. Each volume focuses on a particular theme to provide an accessible introduction to the imagination of the medieval world.

The faces featured in this volume include portraits of both illustrious historical figures and celebrated contemporaries. They reveal that medieval artists often disregarded their subjects’ physical appearance in favor of emphasizing qualities such as power and piety. Faces of Power and Piety also looks at the development of portraiture in the modern sense during the Renaissance, when likeness became an important component of portrait painting. An exhibition of the same name was on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from August 12 through October 26, 2008.

Erik Inglis teaches medieval art history at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Miniatura viva

CATALOGUE: Miniatura viva. Codici facsimili, miniatori di oggi, catalogo della mostra a cura di Gianfranco Malafarina, Firenze, Biblioteca Riccardiana, 31 maggio – 26 luglio 2013, Padova 2013 (Nova Charta).

Sommario:

* Vittoria de Buzzaccarini, Ragioni di una mostra. Per il decennale di Alumina (pp. 4-7)
* Giovanna Lazzi, Bibliofili a Palazzo. Momenti di collezionismo librario a Firenze (pp. 8-19)
* Gianfranco Malafarina, Bellezza e fedeltà. Storia e cultura del facsimile (pp. 20-31)
* Daniele Guernelli, Un’arte sempre attuale. La miniatura dall’Ottocento a oggi (pp. 32-41).

Catalogo

* Gianfranco Malafarina, Alumina & Salviamo un Codice (pp. 42-47).
* Edizioni in facsimile. Schede (pp. 48-64)
* Barbara Calzolari, Miniatori oggi (pp. 65-79).

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