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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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Les modèles romains d’un enlumineur curial du Quattrocento: Valérie Guéant


Valérie Guéant

Les modèles romains d’un enlumineur curial du Quattrocento


Roman Quattrocento artists shared a common interest in ancient and early Christian art and they had a strict sense of perspective. One of them, the Master of the della Rovere missals, reduced the monumental Roman shapes to small-scale ones on enlightened pages. He inspired himself from the Roman frescoes and sculptures of his contemporaries so as to keep alive a continuous artistic dialogue with the artists of his generation such as Andrea Bregno and Melozzo da Forlì. His predominant position among the pope‘s inner circle enabled him to have a clear insight of what was at stake for art from a diplomatic and political point of view and of its direct line of descent from its ancient and early Christian origins.


Dans la seconde moitié des années 1460, au sortir de sa formation tourangelle, un émule français de Jean Fouquet connu sous le nom de convention de Maître des Missels della Rovere se fixe dans la Rome pontificale. Le contexte culturel favorable aux transferts artistiques entre la France et l’Italie ainsi que sa formation auprès de l’artiste français le plus réceptif et le mieux formé à l’art italien le destinaient à ce voyage transalpin et à une fulgurante carrière romaine.

La ville antique et chrétienne qu’il découvre est alors en passe de devenir un terrain d’observation privil...

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