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The illuminated psalter : studies in the content, purpose and placement of its images

Author: F O Büttner
Publisher: Turnhout, Belgium : Brepols, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The 150 Psalms of the Old Testament were the most important work of devotional literature in the Middle Ages. The Book of Psalms came to be transmitted not only as part of the Bible, but also, in the form of the psalter, as a text in its own right. The psalter came to be illustrated - often profusely - as an aid to devotion at an early stage in is history, and it was a book which was frequently found in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Illuminated psalter.
Turnhout, Belgium : Brepols, ©2004
(OCoLC)646108752
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F O Büttner
ISBN: 2503514650 9782503514659
OCLC Number: 58723330
Language Note: Fifteen contributions in German, 12 in English, and one in French.
Notes: Papers presented at a colloquium held in Bamberg, Germany, Oct. 4-6, 1999.
Description: viii, 616 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Form and history --
2. Function and use --
3. Iconographic programmes --
4. Iconographic subjects --
5. Psalters with pictorial bindings.
Responsibility: edited by F.O. Büttner.

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"The 150 Psalms of the Old Testament were the most important work of devotional literature in the Middle Ages. The Book of Psalms came to be transmitted not only as part of the Bible, but also, in the form of the psalter, as a text in its own right. The psalter came to be illustrated - often profusely - as an aid to devotion at an early stage in is history, and it was a book which was frequently found in the possession of lay people. This volume brings together 28 contributions dealing with the 800 years between the mid-eighth and mid-sixteenth centuries, a period in which the psalter was increasingly owned and used by the laity in the form of richly illuminated manuscripts." "The psalter has a central place in the history of medieval book illustration: no other text was so regularly provided with illuminations over such a long period, and no other text came to have such a complex and wide-ranging iconography. The techniques of psalter illumination involved, for example, historiated initials, full page miniatures as preliminary series as well as on the points of text division, and marginal illustrations, all this in cyclical or serial fashion." "As early as the Carolingan period, the illumination of psalters went beyond a mere textual illustration, and developed a narrative iconography with biblical or hagiographical content, and it was largely this autonomous iconography which connected the Old Testament texts with the tenets of the Christian faith. Also the frequent scenes or cycles of King David do not present illustrations of the psalms, but rather of events told elsewhere in the Old Testament. Renderings of individual Christian believers can also be found from the Carolingian period onwards, and represent some of the most original achievements of fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century psalter illumination."--BOOK JACKET.

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