September292014

thegetty:

Banned Books Week—History Edition

Notice anything odd about Veronica’s halo?

It’s been carefully cut out and removed. What we’re seeing is actually a white slip of paper that blocks the view of the text from the next page.

Zoom into the illumination: here

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. This week we’re sharing examples of books from cultural history that have been attacked, vilified, or otherwise banned.

Saint Veronica Displaying the Sudarium, about 1450 - 1455, Master of Guillebert de Mets. J. Paul Getty Museum.

September162014
September12014
Choirbooks from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The book is large enough for the entire choir to read from one book. Once the printing of music became easier and more commonplace, choirbooks fell out of favor, replaced by smaller, cheaper, and easier to handle books. A choirbook was a major investment. At larger cathedrals choirbooks were sometimes lavishly decorated and illuminated. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/107242034852297745/

Choirbooks from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The book is large enough for the entire choir to read from one book. Once the printing of music became easier and more commonplace, choirbooks fell out of favor, replaced by smaller, cheaper, and easier to handle books. A choirbook was a major investment. At larger cathedrals choirbooks were sometimes lavishly decorated and illuminated. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/107242034852297745/

August312014
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Ezekiel’s Vision (Ezekiel 1:1-30) ‘Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. […] As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.’Nicolaus de Lyra super Bibliam, Italy ca. 1402.
Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Latin MS 30, fol. 123v

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Ezekiel’s Vision 

(Ezekiel 1:1-30) ‘Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. […] As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.’

Nicolaus de Lyra super Bibliam, Italy ca. 1402.

Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Latin MS 30, fol. 123v

August302014
Tapestry with Armorial Bearings and Badges of John, Lord Dynham, ca. 1488–1501. South Netherlandish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1960 (60.127.1)

Tapestry with Armorial Bearings and Badges of John, Lord Dynham, ca. 1488–1501. South Netherlandish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1960 (60.127.1)

August292014
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dragon in pieces(Book of Daniel 14:23-27)
Pamplona Bible, Navarre 1197.
Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 108, fol. 139v

discardingimages:

dragon in pieces
(Book of Daniel 14:23-27)

Pamplona Bible, Navarre 1197.

Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 108, fol. 139v

August262014

mediumaevum:

The Lorsch Gospels is an illuminated Gospel Book written between 778 and 820, roughly coinciding with the period of Charlemagne's rule over the Frankish Empire. Both the manuscript and the carved ivory panels from the cover are rare and important survivals from the art of this period.

(Source: Wikipedia)

August252014
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PegasusArmenian version of the Alexander Romance, Sulu Manastir 1544.
Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Armenian MS 3, fol. 42v

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Pegasus

Armenian version of the Alexander Romance, Sulu Manastir 1544.

Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Armenian MS 3, fol. 42v

August242014
Hispano-Moresque Lusterware Plate with Griffin | The Art Institute of Chicago / Spain, Valencia Hispano-Moresque Lusterware Plate with Griffin, 1475/1500 Tin-glazed earthenware Diameter: 44.8 cm (17 5/8 in.) The Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1937.842

Hispano-Moresque Lusterware Plate with Griffin | The Art Institute of Chicago / Spain, Valencia Hispano-Moresque Lusterware Plate with Griffin, 1475/1500 Tin-glazed earthenware Diameter: 44.8 cm (17 5/8 in.) The Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1937.842

August232014
'Bear and a beehive' from Flowers of Virtue and of Custom, Italy, 15th century.

'Bear and a beehive' from Flowers of Virtue and of Custom, Italy, 15th century.

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Book Box (ca. 1465–85) Northern Italy Lombardy 165 x 130 mm The Morgan.

Book Box (ca. 1465–85) Northern Italy Lombardy 165 x 130 mm The Morgan.

August192014

magictransistor:

Pages from an Illuminated Gospel. Ethiopia, Highland Region. 1300s.

This illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels was created in the late fourteenth to early fifteenth century at an Ethiopian monastic center. Its full-page paintings on vellum depict New Testament scenes from the life of Christ and portraits of the evangelists. The text is in Ge’ez, the classical Ethiopian language. Typical of Ethiopian painting, the imagery is two-dimensional and linear. Heads are seen frontally; bodies are often in profile. The artist abbreviated the facial features and treated the human form as a columnar mass, articulated in bold black and red lines.

In the fourth century A.D., the Ethiopian king Ezana converted to Christianity. Christianity became the official religion of the state whose legacy endured in various forms until the twentieth century. Around the time this manuscript was made, Ethiopia’s Christian kingdom expanded its influence. Monastic centers became increasingly important outposts of state power. They were also the chief sites of Christian art production. During the sixteenth century, Islamic incursions devastated the region, and most Christian Ethiopian art that predates the seventeenth century was destroyed. This illuminated gospel is a rare survival. -Met

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August152014

artofthedarkages:

2v, Priscian, MS Sang. 904, Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen

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August102014
Prophet Elijah fed by a raven
1318-1321
Gracanica Monastery
Belgrade - Gallery of Frescoes (copied by Dunian Mihailovic)

Prophet Elijah fed by a raven

1318-1321

Gracanica Monastery

Belgrade - Gallery of Frescoes (copied by Dunian Mihailovic)

August72014

artofthedarkages:

These are two illuminated gospel books were made between 300-700 AD at Abba Garima Monastery in Ethiopia.

The Garima Gospels contain twenty eight full-page illuminations; each one bursting with color. The remarkably extant book covers are decorated with gold, silver, and holes where gems had been placed.

According to the oral history of the monastery, the manuscripts were scribed and illustrated by Abba Garima himself in the 490s AD. Thus, the Garima Gospels were acknowledged by the monks as being extremely old and religiously valuable.

The handful of Western scholars who managed to venture to Abba Garima Monastery upon their inspection of the manuscripts suspected some Mediterranean influence, but concluded that the illuminations were within a firmly conventional and uninteresting style of 12th-14th century Ethiopian painting.

It was not until 2000, when the French scholar Jaques Mercier brought fragments of the manuscripts’ parchment to Oxford University for radiocarbon dating, that the Garima Gospels were pushed into the international spotlight as one of the oldest (and most well preserved) illuminated gospel books.

Now, the Garima Gospels are considered one of the artistic wonders of the world: a priceless treasure from the ancient world preserved in the most unlikely of places.

The difficulty of actually seeing these extraordinary manuscripts—many of them are hoarded away in the mountain monasteries of Ethiopia—has kept the art historical community from bringing to light what could be a vast and beautiful strain of Late Antique painted religious books.

Additionally, it was not until scholars found a possible connection that the manuscripts shared with the “Western tradition” that they decided it was worthy of actually being looked at!

The Garima Gospels are both heartening and frustrating in this regard…

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