The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library

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Suggestions for further reading

For the history of the British Library's collections see E. Miller , That Noble Cabinet: a history of the British Museum ( André Deutsch, 1973) and N. Barker and the curatorial staff, Treasures of the British Library ( British Library/Harry N. Abrams, 1988, re-issued in paperback, 1996).

Outline histories of the art of illumination are given by O. Pächt , Book Illumination in the Middle Ages ( Harvey Miller, 1986, paperback 1994) and by C. de Hamel, A History of Illuminated Manuscripts ( Phaidon, 1986, second edition 199?). For specialist terminology see M. P. Brown , Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: a guide to technical terms ( J. Paul Getty Museum and The British Library, 1994). The techniques practised by illuminators is discussed in J. J.G. Alexander, Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work ( Yale University Press, 1992) and in C. de Hamel, Scribes and Illuminators ( British Museum/University of Toronto Press, 1992).

The best comprehensive coverage of manuscripts of any single nationality is provided by the Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, ed. J. J.G. Alexander, Insular Manuscripts from the 6th to the 9th century ( 1978); E. Temple, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts 900-1066 ( 1976); C. M. Kauffmann, Romanesque Manuscripts 1066-1190 ( 1975); N. J. Morgan, Early Gothic Manuscripts I 1190- 1250 ( 1982) and II 1250-1285 ( 1988); L. F. Sandler, Gothic Manuscripts 1285-1385 ( 1986) and K. L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490 ( 1997). For more general information see M. J. Rickert, Painting in Britain: the Middle Ages ( Pelican History of Art 1954, second ed. 1965); C. Nordenfalk, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Painting ( Braziller/Chatto and Windus 1977) and R. Marks and N. Morgan , The Golden Age of English Manuscript Painting 1200-1500 ( Braziller/Chatto and Windus 1981).

Specific groups of material from other centres are covered by F. Mütherich and J. Gaehde, Carolingian Painting ( Braziller/Chatto and Windus 1977); W. Cahn, Romanesque Bible Illumination ( Cornell University Press, 1982); H. Buchthal, Miniature Painting in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem ( Clarendon Press, Oxford 1957); R. Branner , Manuscript Painting in France during the Reign of St Louis ( University of California Press, 1977); F. Avril, Manuscript Painting at the Court of France 1310-1380 ( Braziller/Chatto and Windus, 1978); M. Thomas, The Golden Age: manuscript painting at the time of Jean, Duc de Berry ( Braziller/Chatto and Windus, 1979); G. Dogaer, Flemish Miniature Painting in the 15th and 16th centuries ( BM Israel BV 1976) and J. J.G. Alexander, Italian Renaissance Illuminations ( Braziller/Chatto and Windus 1977).

In recent years a number of outstanding exhibition catalogues have been published, offering a wide range of information and reproductions in specific areas. Of particular note are: Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts ( Hudson Hills Press/J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu and British Library 1983); The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting ( Rijksmuseum het Catharijne-convent, Utrecht and Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1989); Les Manuscrits à Peintures en France 1440-1520, ed. F. Avril and N. Reynaud ( Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, 1993); Painting and Illumination in Early Renaissance Florence 1300-1450 ( Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994) and The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illuminared 1450-1550 ( Prestel/Royal Academy of Arts, London and Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1994).

The British Library has published monographs on several individual items featured in this book: C. Donovan, The de Brailes Hours ( 1991); M. Evans, The Sforza Hours ( 1992); M. Davies, The Gutenberg Bible ( 1996); J. Backhouse, The Luttrell Psalter ( 1989), The Bedford Hours ( 1990), The Isabella Breviary ( 1993), The Lindisfarne Gospels: a masterpiece of book painting ( 1995) and The Hastings Hours ( 1996).

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  • Title Page 3
  • Dedication 4
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 6
  • The Early Centuries 10
  • Romanesque Europe 36
  • Early Gothic Manuscripts 64
  • Later Gothic Manuscripts 92
  • The Later 15th Century 176
  • Renaissance Patrons 181
  • Postscript 232
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 238
  • Index of Manuscripts 239
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