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The Ashburnham Pentateuch is an early medieval illuminated manuscript of the Old Testament whose pictures are among the oldest surviving and most extensive biblical illustrations. Dorothy Verkerk reveals how its colorful and complex illustrations of Genesis and Exodus explained important church teachings. She provides a key to understanding the relationship between the text and pictures. Arguing that the manuscript was created in Italy, Verkerk also solves a mystery that has baffled scholars over the last century.Read more
- Lively and accessible text
- Methodologically innovative
- Settles the question of origin
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"Verkerk has made a significant contribution to early medieval biblical and art historical scholarship. This is a thoughtful, readable analysis, grounded in recent methodologies, of a fascinating codex." - Celia Chazelle, College of New JerseySee more reviews
"Verkerk offers interesting observations about the iconography of selected images in an understudied manuscript" - Speculum Richard Gameson, University of Kent
"In sum, this book is a carefully argued and focused reappraisal of the Ashburnham Pentateuch's origins, context and importance. Through a holistic examination of evidence, it both convincingly grounds the manuscript in early medieval culture, and heightens the readers appreciation of this richly innovative work. While the controversies surrounding the Ashburnham Pentateuch will no doubt continue, this book will be of great itnerest to historians of art, religion, and early medieval culture. Like the manuscript of which she writes, Verkerks study offers thoughtful answers to difficult questions." - Lori Eshleman, Art History, Arizona State University
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- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107402003
- length: 272 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- contains: 36 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. A painted primer
2. Script, text, illuminations, provenance
3. Principal narratives
4. The right order of life
5. The Italian origin considered
6. An Italian manuscript
7. A Roman clergy.
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