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Harvey Miller
C. de Hamel
The Medieval World at our Fingertips
Manuscript Illuminations from the Collection of Sandra Hindman

approx. 320 p., 1 b/w ill. + 200 colour ill., 220 x 280 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-909400-88-7
Languages: English
The publication is in production.The publication is in production. (12/2017)
Retail price: EUR 75,00 excl. tax
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No manuscript is an island.  We may consider medieval illumination as a single characteristic of the whole Middle Ages, but every manuscript is part of the evolving history of European art and culture, and every one belongs to a place and period.  The Sandra Hindman Collection is a remarkable journey through time and location.  Every illuminated cutting described here is a microcosm of a larger history.  A sublime initial from a twelfth-century Bible from France is part of a setting which includes Chartres Cathedral, the Crusades and Abelard; two late thirteenth-century narrative miniatures of saints from northern Italy have stepped from in a world inhabited by Giotto and Dante and the basilica of Santa Croce in Florence; a miniature by the Berlin Master of Mary of Burgundy belongs in age of Rogier van der Weyden and Hans Memling; a painting from a choir book by the “Master B.F.” can hold its place with Leonardo da Vinci and Palestrina.  Manuscripts were always at the heart of intellectual and visual culture.  For thirty years Sandra Hindman has been selecting and refining a collection of perfect medieval miniatures which are the quintessence of their time.  Each is a window which illuminates a world.  The history of stained glass, architecture, fresco painting, tapestries and wood carving, as well as medieval literature, religion, music and romance, are all made slightly clearer and more focused by looking at the illuminated miniatures chosen for exhibition here.
Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Medieval art history
Medieval painting

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