, R. Gibbs
Illuminating the Law
Illuminated Legal Manuscripts in Cambridge Collections.
272 p., 64 b/w ill. + 115 colour ill., incl. 64 b/w and 115 colour illus., 305 x 230 mm, 2002
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This catalogue offers introductory essays on the making and the use
of medieval legal manuscripts in Cambridge collections, in order to
call attention to the illuminated legal texts as splendidly decorated
Illuminated legal texts rank high among
the most splendidly decorated medieval manuscripts. Their historical
and artistic significance has largely escaped even specialists in art
and legal history. The long-recognised discrepancy between the
importance of the material and its relative inaccessibility, as well as
the rich Cambridge collections, provided the incentive for an
exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum. With the intention to bring this
splendid material to the attention and the understanding of a wider
audience, this catalogue offers introductory essays on the making and
use of medieval legal manuscripts, detailed descriptions and analysis
of representative examples, and rich illustrative material,
aesthetically pleasing and thought-provoking.
This publication is also distributed by: ISD, Marston
"...the handsome catalogue,
Illuminating the law, with its generous quota of colour plates, does
splendid justice to a small exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum (...),
in which unexpected delights are found in apparently dry legal
(A. Payne in The Art Newspaper, December 2001.