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Re-Inventing Traditions

On the Transmission of Artistic Patterns in Late Medieval Manuscript Illumination


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


Nataša Kavčič

Manuscript and Charter Decoration: The Transmission of Artistic Patterns


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.


The following contribution on the transmission of artistic patterns between manuscript and charter decoration is based upon the research of decorative elements found in more than 2600 charters from the period 1351 to 1500, now kept in the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia. The general aim is to define and classify decorative elements found in this corpus of material as well as to consider their possible function as an expression of the political aspirations and social status of charter issuers and/or receivers. The current analysis has proven that charters in terms of initial-decoration often display similar features as the manuscripts of the same time period, which is particularly true of calligraphically designed initials of the late 15th...

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