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The St. Albans Psalter

An Anglo-Norman Song of Faith

by Kristine Haney (Author)
©2002 Monographs 683 Pages
Series: Studies in the Humanities, Volume 60

Summary

The St. Albans Psalter (c. 1125-1135), is generally regarded as the earliest surviving masterpiece of Anglo-Norman painting. Its extensive picture cycle includes over 200 historiated initials accompanying the psalms and prayers. This book focuses on these initials, examining their relationship to the text, the sources upon which they draw, the design process, the messages encoded into them, and the ways they would have been read by a contemporary audience. Addressing these issues sheds new light on the development of Anglo-Norman art, the role of major Benedictine foundations in this process, and the ways these houses reached out not only to those within their communities, but also to the laity in a time of relative insecurity.

Details

Pages
683
Year
2002
ISBN (Hardcover)
9780820457208
Language
English
Keywords
painting design messages audience
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2002. 683 pp., ill.

Biographical notes

Kristine Haney (Author)

The Author: Kristine Haney is Associate Professor of Medieval Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, she is the author of The Winchester Psalter: An Iconographic Study.

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