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Harvey Miller

The Utrecht Psalter in Medieval Art
Picturing the Psalms of David.

K. v. d. Horst, W. Noel, W. C.M. Wuestefeld (eds.)
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XII+271 p., 270 ills., 200 in colour, 245 x 320 mm, 1996
ISBN: 978-1-872501-69-7
Languages: English
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This publication focuses on the Utrecht Psalter and incorporates five scholarly essays, designed for a wide-ranging readership, including a discussion of Carolingian cultural achievements; an analysis of the Psalter itself and its place in the history of book production; an overview of medieval Psalter illustration in both Byzantium and the West; and an examination of the English copies of the Utrect Psalter in the later Middle Ages.

The Utrecht Psalter, one of the great survivals of the Carolingian Renaissance, was made about 820-835 at the Benedictine monastery of Hautvilliers and decorated with 166 dynamic, almost impressionistic pen drawings which are masterly interpretation of the Psalter text. In 1996 it was exhibited in Utrecht, alongside related manuscripts such as the Aachen and Ebbo Gospels, the Byzantine Khludov Psalter and the later English Harly and Eadwine Psalters, copied in Canterbury when the Utrecht Psalter was for some centuries in England. Five scholarly essays, designed for a wide-ranging readership, include a discussion of Carolingian cultural achievements; an analysis of the Psalter itself and its place in the history of book production; an overview of medieval Psalter illustration in both Byzantium and the West; and an exa- mination of the English copies of the Utrect Psalter in the later Middle Ages.
Review

'This is a hugely rewarding book, beautifully produced, scholarly and extre mely readable. It not only serves as an excellent guide to the complexities of the Utrecht Psalter, but is an interesting contribution to the continuing debate on the nature of the relationship between text and image in medieval art.' The Art Book

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Codicology
Illumination & illustration of books
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Judaeo-Christian Bible : texts criticism & exegesis
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Low Countries
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Merovingian & Carolingian period

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