This book focuses on the Ashburnham Pentateuch, an early medieval illuminated manuscript of the Old Testament whose pictures are among the earliest surviving and most extensive biblical illustrations. Dorothy Verkerk shows how the lively and complex illustrations of Genesis and Exodus, which incorporate references to contemporary life, were used to explain important church teachings. She provides a key to understanding the relationship between the text and pictures. Verkerk also argues that the manuscript was created in Italy, thereby solving a mystery that has baffled scholars for the last century and demonstrating that early medieval Italian artists were capable of complex innovations in the field of the visual arts.Read more
- Lively and accessible text
- Methodologically innovative
- Settles the question of origin
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'This is a valuable study for the emergence of a dominant medieval Christian approach to biblical interpretation.' Journal for the Study of the Old TestamentSee more reviews
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- Date Published: June 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107402003
- length: 272 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- contains: 36 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
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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