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Studies and Texts (ST 210)
A. Neff
A Soul’s Journey into God
Franciscan Art, Theology, and Devotion in the Supplicationes variae

600 p., 205 x 255 mm
ISBN: 978-0-88844-210-9
Languages: English
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This is a major book. It mates an uncompromisingly meticulous presentation of the texts, imagery, and specially composed poems in the Supplicationes variae with a passionate, probing analysis of the spiritual content of the manuscript. The Supplicationes variae is a complicated, highly personalized volume; the author encompasses its complexity with steady mastery. Her text is a work of the utmost seriousness, presenting an artifact of great depth and beauty that is of interest on a wide range of fronts: its Genoese origin is exceptional in an artistic world dominated by Tuscany and the Veneto; its selective balance of north European, north Italian, and Byzantine imagery is unique and sophisticated; its use of full-page wash drawings along with fully painted marginalia and historiated initials is unparalleled; its Franciscan content is deeply serious; its spiritual function aligns it with a type of manuscript that has seen intense recent interest, but does so in a strikingly distinctive way given its Italian rather than transalpine origin. The intensity and meticulous care with which the author has explored the rich spiritual content and high artistic quality of the manuscript are unlikely ever to be matched; she has worked on the Supplicationes variae for many years with unflagging sensitivity and depth. Her book presents a major work of art with a major effort of scholarly and spiritual insight.

Annemarie Weyl Carr
Southern Methodist University

This book is an exemplary study of a unique manuscript, and a path by which to comprehend it, but it is also far more than that. Entering through the gateway of the Supplicationes variae the reader is introduced to many key issues in the contextualised study of art of the period, especially

Joanna Cannon
Courtauld Institute of Art

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Palaeography, Scripts & Manuscript Studies
Roman scripts & Western manuscripts
Codicology
Illumination & illustration of books
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Other art forms
Graphic arts & prints
Jewelry
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Italian Peninsula

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