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Marvellous to behold : miracles in medieval manuscripts /
Deirdre Jackson.
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London : British Library, 2007.
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160 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
9780712349468 (hbk.)
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London : British Library, 2007.
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9780712349468 (hbk.)
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6207397
 
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-09-01:
Focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jackson (British Library) examines medieval illuminations belonging to these cultures, hoping to identify the common characteristics of artistic idea, style, and pictorial type that crossed religious boundaries. This study is based almost exclusively on the British Library's collections of Jewish illuminated manuscripts beginning in the 13th century, Islamic manuscripts of the same period, and Byzantine, Armenian, Syriac, and Western Christian works spanning the 11th to 15th centuries. The author further refines her thesis to a study of miracles as pictured in a wide variety of contexts--biblical manuscripts, devotional books, saintly biographies, legal texts, songbooks, literary and political works, and historical chronicles. The lively text attempts to evoke the context of the vibrant visual culture that produced these illustrations, simultaneously noting the charming details inserted by the artists/scribes. To see such a diverse collection of rarely illustrated manuscripts used in an art historical text is refreshing; it leads one to hope that this publication will stimulate new research on more obscure medieval works of art. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. L. Doumato National Gallery of Art
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"The lively text attempts to evoke the context of the vibrant visual culture that produced these illustrations. . . . To see such a diverse collection of rarely illustrated manuscripts used in an art historical text is refreshing."
"The book provides a glorious selection of full color illustrations. . . . The reproductions are crisp and vivid with excellent captions that provide a quick understanding of each scene. . . . The text is both lively and scholarly."
"The lively text attempts to evoke the context of the vibrant visual culture that produced these illustrations. . . . To see such a diverse collection of rarely illustrated manuscripts used in an art historical text is refreshing." Choice
"The book provides a glorious selection of full color illustrations. . . . The reproductions are crisp and vivid with excellent captions that provide a quick understanding of each scene. . . . The text is both lively and scholarly." Catholic Library World
"The book provides a glorious selection of full color illustrations. . . . The reproductions are crisp and vivid with excellent captions that provide a quick understanding of each scene. . . . The text is both lively and scholarly."-Catholic Library World
"The lively text attempts to evoke the context of the vibrant visual culture that produced these illustrations. . . . To see such a diverse collection of rarely illustrated manuscripts used in an art historical text is refreshing."-Choice
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The word "miracle" is derived from the old Latin miraculum,meaning "something wonderful." For the initial witnesses of the magnificent images denoted by the word, miracles did indeed provide a wealth of wonders that evidenced not only God's concern but also his willingness to intervene in the daily lives of believers. Though many associate miracles and their illustration with the heart of the Christian religion, fewer realize that the scope of their imagery extended to Jewish and Islamic texts as welland that throughout the medieval period, the same miracles were featured in the illuminated holy books of each of the three religions. The lavishly illustrated Marvellous to Beholdearns its breathtaking title by focusing on the illustrations of miracles in illuminated manuscripts as well as the retelling of the miracle tales themselves. Deirdre Jackson selects 117 of these miraculous images, which are fully reproduced here in brilliant color, and provides detailed text retelling their miracle stories and explaining the significance of their inclusion. Marvellous to Beholdexplores a wide variety of illuminated sources in its accounting of these fascinating images such as legal texts, song books, devotional works, historical chronicles, the lives of the saints, and of course, biblical manuscripts. Chronicling the medieval artists who took inspiration from everyday life in their illustrations of universal tales such as Jonah and the Whale, this volume suggests that the works of these artists have just as much to tell us about the societies in which they livedand their relation to wonderas about the supernatural. Truly "something wonderful" for anyone interested in miracles, the history of religions, or medieval life and art, this attractive and eye-catching volume is not to be missed.
Main Description
The word "miracle" is derived from the old Latinmiraculum,meaning "something wonderful." For the initial witnesses of the magnificent images denoted by the word, miracles did indeed provide a wealth of wonders that evidenced not only God's concern but also his willingness to intervene in the daily lives of believers. Though many associate miracles and their illustration with the heart of the Christian religion, fewer realize that the scope of their imagery extended to Jewish and Islamic texts as welland that throughout the medieval period, the same miracles were featured in the illuminated holy books of each of the three religions. The lavishly illustratedMarvellous to Beholdearns its breathtaking title by focusing on the illustrations of miracles in illuminated manuscripts as well as the retelling of the miracle tales themselves. Deirdre Jackson selects 117 of these miraculous images, which are fully reproduced here in brilliant color, and provides detailed text retelling their miracle stories and explaining the significance of their inclusion.Marvellous to Beholdexplores a wide variety of illuminated sources in its accounting of these fascinating images such as legal texts, song books, devotional works, historical chronicles, the lives of the saints, and of course, biblical manuscripts. Chronicling the medieval artists who took inspiration from everyday life in their illustrations of universal tales such as Jonah and the Whale, this volume suggests that the works of these artists have just as much to tell us about the societies in which they livedand their relation to wonderas about the supernatural. Truly "something wonderful" for anyone interested in miracles, the history of religions, or medieval life and art, this attractive and eye-catching volume is not to be missed.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Miracles lie at the heart of the Christian religion and were represented in art from an early date. This book focuses on the illustrations of miracles in illuminated manuscripts as well as retelling the miracle tales themselves.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Natural Wonders
Healing Powers
Great Escapes
God Provides
Notes
Further Reading
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Index of Manuscripts
General Index
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