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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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La reproduction des modèles dans des manuscrits hispaniques du XVe siècle: Gemma Avenoza Vera & Marion Coderch


Gemma Avenoza Vera & Marion Coderch

La reproduction des modèles dans des manuscrits hispaniques du XVe siècle


Reproductions of miniature patterns in bibles, books of hours and other sumptuous volumes have been profusely studied by art historians as well as by culture historians. The goal of this essay is to draw attention to significantly less luxurious volumes. We will discuss particular cases of transmission in 15th century Castilian manuscripts: in the first example, the text layout becomes an ornamental quality, mostly because of the geometric distribution of the marginal comments; in the second example, the most significant iconographic patterns are repeated (such as full-folio images with slightly different texts, depending on the volume where they are to be found). This feature, which adds up to the visual decoration of the volume, is identically repeated in successive copies.


Cette étude a pour objet de montrer comment il est possible d’identifier la transmission de modèles iconographiques et de modèles structurels dans des traditions manuscrites qui ne sont pas réputées pour la richesse de leurs illustrations; c’est précisément le cas dans les traductions castillanes des Moralia in Job de Grégoire le Grand. Cette recherche a surgi lors de la préparation du matériel pour le livre Biblias medievales castellanas,1 au cours de laquelle nous avons réalisé une étude historique et codicologique des manuscrits bibliques conservés, tant des bibles compl...

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