Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts

 

CORPUS OF ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS: LOW COUNTRIES SERIES
(LEUVEN: PEETERS)

 

Vol. 1: B. Cardon, R. Lievens and M. Smeyers (1985)

Typological Scenes from the Life of Jesus. A Manuscript from the Gold Scrolls Group (Bruges, ca. 1440) in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Ms. Morgan 649. An Edition of the Text, a Reproduction of the Manuscript and a Study of the Miniatures

ISBN: 90-6831-041-0 

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Vol. 2: J. H. Oliver (1988)

Gothic Manuscript Illumination in the Diocese of Liège (ca. 1250 - ca. 1330), volume 1

ISBN: 90-6831-132-8 

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Vol. 3: J. H. Oliver (1988)

Gothic Manuscript Illumination in the Diocese of Liège (ca. 1250 - ca. 1330), volume 2

ISBN: 90-6831-132-8 

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Vol. 4: L. Depuydt and D. A. Loggie (1993)

Catalogue of Coptic Manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library

Following the newest procedures of the "archaeology of the book", this catalogue raisonné presents a detailed description of the Coptic holdings of the Pierpont Morgan Library. The first efforts to provide such a catalogue date back to the twenties and thirties of this century. The introduction includes chapters on the modern history of the Coptic manuscripts, their antiquity and provenance, the method employed in this catalogue to describe them, and the history of the ancient monastery of St. Michael near present-day Hamuli, whose library yielded the bulk of the Morgan Coptic collection. In the individual entries, the literary contents of the manuscripts are treated at length and secondary literature, including modern editions and translations, is listed. Extensive concordances facilitate the use of the catalogue.

ISBN: 90-6831-443-2 

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Vol. 5: L. Depuydt (1993)

Catalogue of Coptic Manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library

This album of photographic plates is a companion volume to the descriptive Catalogue of Coptic Manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library. It presents a visual record of the Morgan Coptic collection. The Morgan Coptic collection is unrivaled in wealth of Coptic manuscript illumination dating to before AD 1000, including a near monopoly on early Coptic frontispieces. Following a brief introduction and a few images of the desert location near the town of al-Hamuli, where the bulk of the Library's Coptic manuscripts were unearthed in 1910, the body of the album presents the collection for codicologists, art historians, and paleographers under the two categories of Decoration and Script. The album contains a comprehensive record of frontispieces, headpieces, tailpieces (including what may be the oldest Christian illumination), a sampling of marginal ornaments and ornamental initials, specimens of the scripts of most literary manuscripts, and selected documentary texts and bindings. Full concordances between call numbers, plate numbers, and catalogue numbers are also provided.

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ISBN: 90-6831-443-2 

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Vol. 6: M. Smeyers (1993)

Vlaamse miniaturen voor Van Eyck. Tentoonstellingscatalogus

In de handboeken over de geschiedenis en kunst in België wordt terecht nadruk gelegd op het werk van de Vlaamse primitieven, waarvan Jan Van Eyck en de Meester van Flémalle de eerste vertegenwoordigers zijn. Men omschrijft hun kunst als een ars nova, een nieuwe kunst. Weinigen maken zich echter druk over de vraag of deze hooggeprezen artistieke produktie zomaar uit het niet kon ontstaan. Men is zelfs van oordeel dat de kunst in Vlaanderen tijdens de voorafgaande periode, omstreeks 1400, van gering belang was. Deze fase in de kunstgeschiedenis vormt daardoor een blinde vlek. Overtuigd dat die witte vlek en die onderschatting het gevolg zijn van een gebrek aan de juiste vraagstelling en voldoende opzoekingen, ondernam het Studiecentrum Vlaamse Miniaturisten (KU Leuven) een onderzoek naar de kunst uit die periode, toegespitst op de boekverluchting. Dit toonde aan dat de miniatuurkunst door zijn innoverend karakter in iconografisch en stilistisch opzicht en door zijn realistische vormgeving niet alleen een internationale faam genoot, doch bovendien de grondslagen legde vor het werk van de Vlaamse primitieven. De resultaten worden getoond in de tentoonstelling "Tover van de middeleeuwen. Vlaamse miniaturen voor Van Eyck". Deze catalogus beschrijft uitvoerig alle geëxposeerde handschriften. De meeste onder hen waren tot nog toe onbekend. Deze publicatie is bijgevolg een nieuw en onmisbaar basiswerk in verband met de kunst uit een vergeten periode.

ISBN: 90-6831-516-1  

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Vol. 7: G. Sed-Rajna and S. Fellous (1994)

Les manuscrits hébreux enluminés des bibliothèques de France

ISBN: 90-6831-602-8  

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Vol. 8: M. Smeyers and B. Cardon (1995)

Flanders in a European Perspective. Manuscript Illumination around 1400 in Flanders and Abroad. Proceedings of the International Colloquium, Leuven , 7-10 September 1993

ISBN: 90-6831-670-2  

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Vol. 9: B. Cardon (1996)

Manuscripts of the Speculum Humanae Salvationis in the Southern Netherlands (ca. 1410 - ca. 1470). A Contribution to the Study of the 15th Century Book Illumination and of the Function and Meaning of Historical Symbolism

ISBN: 90-6831-773-3 

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Vol. 10: D. Vanwijnsberghe (2001)

De fin or et d'azur. les commanditaires de livres et le métier de l'enluminure à Tournai à la fin du Moyen Âge (XIVe-XVe siècles)

This book is the first comprehensive survey of the book trade and illumination in late medieval Tournai. It presents the results of a thorough documentary study . From both a historiographical and archival point of view, it aims to reassess the concept of the "Tournai school of illumination", which emerged in the 19th century and annexed such prestigious names as Simon Marmion, Jean Tavernier or Roger Van der Weyden. Comparing the Tournaisian records with those of neigbouring cities, the author situates the importance of the city as book market within the network of South Netherlandish production centres. At the same time, he examines in detail the craft of illumination in this region and comes up with a new status quaestionis. The study includes in appendix the complete body of Tournaisian documents mentioning manuscripts, as well as an extensive biographical list of book makers, from the 13th to the 16th century. Hence, it is also an essential reference book, which lays the foundations of a systematic study of book illumination in Tournai.

ISBN: 90-429-0883-1

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Vol. 11: B. Cardon, J. Van der Stock and D. Vanwijnsberghe (2002)

"Als Ich Can": liber amicorum in memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers , volume 1

ISBN: 90-429-1233-2

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Vol. 12: B. Cardon, J. Van der Stock and D. Vanwijnsberghe (2002)

"Als Ich Can": liber amicorum in memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers , volume 2

These two volumes, "entitled "Als Ich Can", are dedicated to the memory of prof. dr. Maurits Smeyers, who was an eminent specialist in the study of miniatures and manuscript illuminations. With this book, scientists from all over the world want to honour his research. The articles collected in these volumes show a great variety, but also display a large coherence. In this way, the collection reflects the scientific interests of prof. dr. Maurits Smeyers. The largest amount of the articles deals with the art of miniatures. The different authors have chosen their specific approach and reveal how layered and rich the study of manuscripts is.

ISBN: 90-429-1234-0

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Vol. 13: N. Serikoff (2010)

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Christian Arabic Manuscripts Preserved in the St Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, (Oriental Series 4)

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Vol. 14: N. Serikoff (2010)

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Christian Arabic Manuscripts Preserved in the St Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, (Oriental Series 5)

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Vol. 15: Brigitte Dekeyzer and Jan Van der Stock (2005)

Manuscripts in Transitions: Recycling Manuscripts, Texts and Images

«Manuscripts in Transition. Recycling Manuscripts, Texts and Images» gathers together some 40 contributions by art historians specialised in research into book illuminations from the time of Charlemagne to Charles V's Habsburg empire (ca. 800-ca. 1550). The accent is mainly on the art of the illumination in the Gothic, Burgundian and Post-Burgundian periods. This anthology is the product of an international conference held in Brussels in 2002 in connection with the exhibition «Medieval Mastery: Book Illumination from Charlemagne to Charles the Bold (800-1475) (Leuven, Stedelijk Museum Vander Kelen-Mertens). The central focus of the conference was the systematic re-use of texts and images in the Middle Ages. The examination of this theme resulted in the present fascinating series of articles.

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  • M. Wittek, , Scriptorium. Bulletin Codicologique, 2005, 2, 195-196
  • CICCUTO, Marcello (2006), Italianistica, 35, 1, 136-141
  • VALVEKENS, Patrick (2006), Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique, 101, 3-4, 1166-1170
  • A.M.-R. (2008), Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters, 64, 1, 238-239
  • TIMELLI, Maria Colombo (2008), Studi Francesi , s.p.

ISBN: 90-429-1562-5 

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Vol. 16: James H. Marrow (2005)

Pictorial Invention in Netherlandish Manuscript Illumination of the Late Middle Ages: The Play of Illusion and Meaning

Hand-painted books produced in the Low Countries during the late Middle Ages are dazzingly inventive, widely admired both in their own time and today. The makers of Flemish illuminated manuscripts experimented, sometimes flamboyantly, with all aspects of their design, manipulating elements of their format, layout, script, decoration and illustration in radically new and challenging ways. In this book, James H. Marrow discusses prominent features of many of the most exuberant illuminated manuscripts created by leading Flemish illuminators of the 15th and the 16th centuries, considering both the playful ways in which the makers of these books reconfigured their design and the ways they exploited these innovations to define and convey the meaning of their contents more effectively. Marrow considers how the designers of these manuscripts broke down the barriers between the different components of the book; how the shapes of some manuscripts became a kind of image; how script sometimes became decoration or one of several illusionistically treated elements or fields on the page; and how decoration and illustration were intermixed in diverse, witty, and provocative fashions. In this final stage in the evolution of the medieval book, leading Flemish illuminators fundamentally changed the structural dynamics of the page, enlarging its fields of visual and pictorial interest and exploiting novel juxtapositions of subject matter and scale, of viewpoint and different kinds of illusionism, to guide viewers beyond the here-and-now, to evoke multiple and alternative levels of truth, and to effect profound transformations of understanding. This is an incisive study of the course of these developments in the Low Countries and of some of the important ways in which they engaged issues central to the function of the visual arts.

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Reviews:

  • PFÄNDTNER, K.-G. (2008), Scriptorium. Bulletin Codicologique, 1, 77*-78*
  • F.Bo. (2007), Medioevo Latino, 28, 945
  • VALVEKENS, Patrick (2006), Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique, 101, 2, 817-818
  • HENDRIX, G. (2006), Bulletin codicologique, 60, 2, 217-218

ISBN: 978-90-429-1615-9

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Vol. 17: Dominique Vanwijnsberghe (2007)

"Moult bons et notables". L'enluminure tournaisienne à l'époque de Robert Campin (1380-1430)

Cet ouvrage constitue la première étude systématique consacrée aux manuscrits enluminés à Tournai dans les années 1380-1430, cinq décennies au cours desquelles la vile joua un rôle-clé dans l'histoire de la peinture occidentale. C'est dans ces années de transition que Robert Campin, peintre actif à Tournai, révolutionna la peinture courtoise du gothique finissant et posa, avec Jan Van Eyck, les fondements de la Renaissance septentrionale. Si la peinture sur panneau « campinienne » a fait l'objet de nombreuses études, la miniature, en revanche était restée un parent pauvre de l'histoire de l'art tournaisien. La présente monographie tente de combler ce manque. Autour d'un missel documenté, attribuable au miniaturiste Jean Semont (décédé vers 1419), un important groupe d'une trentaine de manuscrits, peu connus pour la plupart, donne des informations vitales sur la production et la réception des littératures profane et religieuse dans la Cité des cinq clochers. Loin de se limiter aux habituels livres liturgiques et ouvrages de dévotion, il comporte aussi plusieurs romans, des traités didactiques, philosophiques ou théologiques, tous enluminés. Son examen approfondi jette un éclairage neuf sur le bouillonnement intellectuel et artistique qui régnait dans la ville scaldienne au tournant des XIVe et XVe siècles et sur son rayonnement. Siège d'un important diocèse et tête de pont française en territoires bourguignons, elle a pu servir de plaque tournante dans le réseau d'influences croisées tissé entre les deux grands centres de production qu'étaient à l'époque Paris et la Flandre. De toute évidence, le milieu artistique tournaisien connaît une grande vitalité jusque vers 1430. Au moment même où prospèrent les enlumineurs, les compagnies littéraires ou les ateliers de sculpture, la peinture sur panneau, autour de Robert Campin, connaît un essor sans précédent. Se pose la question délicate des rapports du célèbre peintre avec la miniature. Trois folios enluminés, détachés d'un somptueux livre de prières destiné à une dame de l'aristocratie tournaisienne, sont sans doute l'oeuvre d'un enlimeur au talent exceptionnel, actif dans l'entourage direct du peintre. Riche de près de 450 illustrations, la plupart en couleur, l'étude est complétée de cartes, d'un catalogue des manuscrits, d'une étude de calendrier et de l'usage liturgique de Tournai. Elle est munie d'index qui en font un ouvrage de référence incontournable sur l'art tournaisien des années 1400.

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ISBN: 978-90-429-1758-3

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Vol. 18: Lieve Watteeuw and Jan Van der Stock (2010)

The Anjou Bible. A Royal Manuscript Revealed. Naples 1340

The Anjou Bible, now kept in the Theology Faculty's Maurits Sabbe Library of the University of Leuven (Belgium) is a superbly illuminated manuscript created at the Royal Court of Naples in the turbulent fourteenth century. At this time much of Central and Southern Europe was governed by the successful dynasty of Anjou, which continued to expand its territories and encouraged artists and writers like Giotto, Simone Martini, Boccaccio and Petrarch. In 1328, after the death of her father, Joanna of Anjou became the official heir to the prosperous Kingdom of Naples and Sicily. Several years later her grandfather, Robert I, gave Joanna and her young fiancé Andrew of Hungary a precious gift, which became known as the Anjou Bible, a manuscript that is priceless from a historical and art-historical point of view. In addition to Bible texts and splendid miniatures, it contains a wealth of historical information about the house of Anjou and the book's origins. One of the artists responsible for the magnificent painting was Cristophorus Orimina, the leading illuminator in Naples, who signed the work. The Anjou Bible has now been carefully conserved and studied: the research findings are brought together in this book. Essays by some of the most noted experts in the field describe how the arts were promoted at the court of Robert I of Anjou and also shed light on the Bible's genesis and on all the research methods and results. This book is richly illustrated and contains all the illuminated folios of the Anjou Bible.

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ISBN: 978-90-429-2445-1

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Vol. 19: Lieve Watteeuw (to be published)

The Touch of Chronos. Caring for the Medieval Manuscript 1731-1937

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Vol. 20: Lieve Watteeuw and Catherine Reynolds (2013)

Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts of the Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp

From the 16th to the 19th century, illuminated manuscripts were collected by the great printer-publisher Christophe Plantin and his Moretus successors and descendants. Ranging in date from the 9th to the mid-16th centuries, the manuscripts in the Museum Plantin-Moretus come from all over Europe, chiefly the Southern Netherlands and France with a significant representation of 15th-century Dutch illumination. More surprisingly, about a quarter of the collection comes from England: manuscripts of the 10th to 15th centuries that left the country with Catholic refugees. Alongside the acknowledged masterpieces and rarities, like the Bohemian Bible of 1402, are volumes that have remained virtually unknown, their aesthetic appeal and historical or textual interest often passing unnoticed in the absence of published reproductions. In this beautifully produced catalogue, each of the 102 volumes is illustrated in colour, with more extensive coverage of the 55 volumes with the most rewarding illumination. For the first time it is possible to gauge the extent and nature of this fascinating and under-explored collection, still housed in the building on the Vrijdagmarkt in Antwerp to which Plantin moved his famous sign of the Golden Compasses in 1576.

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ISBN: 978-90-429-2915-9

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Vol. 21: Jeffrey F. Hamburger (2014)

Script as Image

In the Middle Ages, writing conveyed far more than information. In contradistinction to the modern separation of image and text and, by implication, form and content, which was reified with the invention of printing, illuminated manuscripts made images out of words. In consonance with Christian doctrine, which declared that the Word had become flesh, letters painted on parchment assumed bodily presence to create effects of power and persuasion. Painted letters elicited modes of performance, oral recitation and ritual action. Far from calligraphic ornament or a medium with prescribed boundaries, medieval lettering reveals itself as a flexible instrument in which various categories of human experience and expression -- the audible, the visible, the symbolic and the figurative -- come together. Among the topics touched on by this book are display scripts, monograms, nomina sacra and carmina figurata, epigraphic inscriptions, chrysography and color, speech scrolls, relationships among author, scribe and artist as expressed through scripts, the anthropomorphic dimensions of abstract lettering, and the impact of iconic scripts on the reader.

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ISBN: 978-90-429-3035-3

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Vol. 22: Lieve Watteeuw, Jan Van der Stock, Bernard Bousmanne and Dominique Vanwijnsberghe

New Perspectives on Flemish Illumination, Papers presented at the Colloquium held in Brussels, Royal Library of Belgium, November 16-18, 2011 (to be published)