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Re-Inventing Traditions

On the Transmission of Artistic Patterns in Late Medieval Manuscript Illumination

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Edited By Joris Corin Heyder and Christine Seidel

The volume comprises 16 papers given at the conference Re-Inventing Traditions held in Berlin in 2012. It negotiates the question of the transmission of artistic patterns in late medieval manuscript illumination. The model as such is often regarded as a mere working tool but recently the conditions of its creation and transformation have been discovered as a field of research. Among the central themes of these essays are textual tradition, workshop methods and the development and changeability of artistic models throughout different media and in various European regions.
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Manuscript and Charter Decoration: The Transmission of Artistic Patterns: Nataša Kavcic

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Nataša Kavčič

Manuscript and Charter Decoration: The Transmission of Artistic Patterns

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The following contribution on the transmission of artistic patterns between manuscripts and charters observes the importance of hand kinesis performing the initials in charters (which is often overlooked by diplomatics) for studying medieval manuscript decoration. It offers a list of comparisons taken from the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia in order to prove that initial forms found in charter material are the result of interrelated influence of charter and manuscript decoration; this means that initials in charters are not merely repetitions of those found in contemporary codices, but that it is, in some cases, possible to consider influence of charters on manuscripts in terms of initial decoration.

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