The splendor of the word

The splendor of the word

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The New York Public Librarys collection of nearly three hundred Western European illuminated manuscripts is one of the largest in America but also one that is very little known. Dating from the turn of the tenth century well into the period of the Renaissance, these works give vivid testimony to the creative impulses of the often nameless craftsmen who discovered ever-new ways of animating the contents of hand-produced books through inventive and sometimes exuberant manipulations of all the elements of the book: form and format, layout, script, decoration, illustration, and binding. To introduce this magnificent collection and many of its most important works to scholars and the wider audience, The Splendor of the Word presents one hundred manuscripts of particular cultural, historical, and artistic significance, selected from the Librarys collection by three of the most distinguished scholars in the field Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, a specialist in early medieval, Romanesque, and Italian illuminated manuscripts; James H. Marrow, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Princeton University, a specialist in late medieval illuminated manuscripts; and Lucy Freeman Sandler, Professor of Art History Emerita at New York University, a specialist in Gothic illuminated manuscripts. The makers of medieval illuminated manuscripts invested their books with sparkle and visual energy. They did so to stimulate delight, imagination, and memoryto make of them objects that fascinate and charm as well as instruct. One need have no knowledge of medieval languages or habits of thought to appreciate the high quality and the aesthetic ebullience of the finely crafted manuscripts shown here, for the very first time, to anyone interested in the ways that books help to define the social, intellectual, and imaginative horizons of their users.... (no caption); 99V: 2-wheeled weapon armed with spikes and serrated blades ( no caption); loor Cart armed with blades and canon ... 124V: Shooting toy [129b]; I25r: Loaves of bread aamp; pretzel; 125V: Snow shoes [62b]; i26r: Incense burners [ n6a]; i26v: Ornament for a ... 148V: Hexagonal diagram; I49r: Timber beams; 149V: Pylon driver, 150V: Canon (dated 1445); 15m Mortar tubes; I5iv-I52r: Siege anbsp;...

Title:The splendor of the word
Author:Jonathan James Graham Alexander, New York Public Library. Humanities and Social Sciences Library, James H. Marrow, Lucy Freeman Sandler
Publisher:Harvey Miller Pub - 2005


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