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Portuguese Studies on Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

M. A. Miranda, A. Miguélez Cavero (eds.)
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XV+195 p., 24 b/w ill. + 24 colour ill., 1 b/w tables, 165 x 240 mm, 2015
ISBN: 978-2-503-55473-0
Languages: English, French
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In the most recent years a group of young researchers has given a new impetus to the study of Book Illumination in Portugal, promoting national and international research that focuses on understanding illuminated manuscripts in both their aesthetics and material dimensions, as well as the relationship between text and image. The development of interdisciplinary research thanks, in part, to strategic partnerships between the Humanities and the domain of Exact Science has been established to address new issues raised by the need of more comprehensive and wide studies around the illuminated manuscript.

This volume gives thus light to the most important contributions of these new approaches, including new technical studies of pigments in manuscripts of the fund of the Monastery of Alcobaça and three copies of Hugh of Fouilloy’s Book of Birds, inquiries concerning a mismounted mappamundi in the Lorvão Beatus, a study of two southern French legal manuscripts, the image of the artist in astrological iconography, problems raised by two books of hours in the National Library of Portugal, and penwork decoration in fi fteenthcentury Hebrew manuscripts.

The authors of the volume belong to three Portuguese academic institutions. Maria Adelaide Miranda, Alicia Miguélez Cavero, Catarina Fernandes Barreira, Maria Alessandra Bilotta, Ana Lemos and Luís Ribeiro are integrated members of the Institute of Medieval Studies of the Nova University of Lisbon; Maria João Melo, Rita Castro, Conceição Casanova, Vania Solange Muralhas e Rita Araújo are members of the Department of Conservation and Restoration of the Nova University of Lisbon; Luís Urbano Afonso e Tiago Moita are members of the Institute of History of Art of the University of Lisbon.

Table of Contents



List of Contributors

M.A. MIRANDA, M.J. MELO, Secrets et découvertes, en couleur, dans les manuscrits enluminés

R. CASTRO, M.J. MELO, M.A. MIRANDA, The secrets behind the colour of The Book of Birds

A. MIGUELEZ CAVERO, Mapping the History of a Map. Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Lorvao Beatus World Map

M.A. BILOTTA, Un manuscrit des Décrétales de Gregoire IX à l'usage de l'université de Toulouse conservé dans les Archives nationales de la Torre do Tombo à Lisbonne: quelques aspects iconographiques

C. FERNANDES BARREIRA, Le Compendium theologicae veritatis de l'abbaye d’Alcobaça

L. RIBEIRO, The Children of Mercury: the Image of the Artist and the Scientist in Medieval Astrological Texts and Iconography

A. LEMOS, R. ARAùJO, C. CASANOVA, M.J. MELO, v.s. F. MURALHA, Regards croisés des historiens de I' art et des chimistes sur deux livres d'Heures de la Bibliotheque nationale du Portugal, les mss IL15 et IL19

L. U. AFONSO, T. MOITA, Tradition and modernity in Portuguese Hebrew book art of the late 15th century

Index of Manuscripts

Index of Antique and Medieval Authors


Overall, this is a valuable contribution to the study of illuminated manuscripts and provides points of comparison for high and late medieval codicological scholarship generally. The scholars whose work is presented in the volume deserve double-congratulations: first, because they wrote in English or French, rather than their native Portuguese; second, because they provide thoughtful, if specific, commentaries on a variety of important textual subjects.” (Kyle Lincoln, in The Medieval Review, 2017.12.03)

“In conclusione, il volume (…) rappresenta un tentativo riuscito di offrire un’ampia panoramica sugli interessi e le metodologie di lavoro degli studiosi che operano presso centri di ricerca portoghesi nel campo dei manoscritti miniati medievali e costituisce inoltri un sicuro riferimento per ulteriori indagini e approfondimenti, anche per la ricca bibliografi a che accompagna gli otto saggi.” (Marcello Moscone, in Evphrosyne, XLV, p. 674)

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Palaeography, Scripts & Manuscript Studies
Roman scripts & Western manuscripts
Autograph manuscripts
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Iberian Peninsula

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