Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Portuguese Studies on Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Portuguese Studies on Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

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Portuguese Studies on Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. Maria Adelaide Miranda and Alicia Miguélez Cavero, Textes et Études du Moyen Äge 76 (Barcelona and Madrid: Federation Internationale des Instituts d'Études Médiévales, 2014). xv + 195 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-55473-0. €49.00. The manuscript collections from the Portuguese monasteries Lorvâo (from 1206 Cistercian women), Santa Cruz de Coimbra (Augustinian Canons), and Alcobaça (Cistercians) contain a wealth of material of major significance for the history of monastic book production and art. The libraries of the region also house a significant amount of imported material, represented in this volume by books of hours from France, and from other cultures, such as the Portuguese illuminated Hebrew manuscripts made for the community of Sephardic Jews. The eight studies in this volume, in English and French, bring together the research of a group of predominantly young researchers who, following in the steps of the art historian Maria Adelaide Miranda, are with great success exploiting these riches, many of them little known outside Portugal. …

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