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Imaging Aristotle [electronic resource] : verbal and visual representation in fourteenth-century France /
Claire Richter Sherman.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995.
description
xxiv, 419 p., [11] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
ISBN
0520083334 (alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995.
isbn
0520083334 (alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
7952863
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-406) and index.
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"A truly outstanding and distinguished work. . . . Sherman breaks important new ground in her exploration of the illustrated manuscripts as cultural artifacts and cognitive structures."--Suzanne Lewis, author ofThe Art of Matthew Paris in the Chronica Majora "A superior analysis of little-known material. . . . Sherman's analysis of text and image is one of the most sophisticated that I have read in recent years."--Anne D. Hedeman, author ofThe Royal Image
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"A truly outstanding and distinguished work. . . . Sherman breaks important new ground in her exploration of the illustrated manuscripts as cultural artifacts and cognitive structures."--Suzanne Lewis, author of The Art of Matthew Paris in the Chronica Majora "A superior analysis of little-known material. . . . Sherman's analysis of text and image is one of the most sophisticated that I have read in recent years."--Anne D. Hedeman, author of The Royal Image
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-10:
The first detailed study of four richly illuminated manuscripts of the Ethics and Politics of Aristotle made for the great patron and collector King Charles V of France (1364-70) is an important scholarly contribution. The manuscripts were made in two pairs: one in large format was for the royal library and the king's own use; the other, rather smaller, for a wider circle at the royal court. Both sets contain translations from the Latin Aristotle into French, made by Nicholas Oresme at the royal behest, and have extensive cycles of illumination made by several leading Parisian illuminators of the time, with miniatures designed by Oresme himself. The entire project is fascinating, vernacular translations of Greek philosophy made for the practical consideration of the French king and court, with abundant information concerning patron, author, artists, and audience. Sherman (National Gallery of Art) cogently describes and analyzes all of these factors and many other issues, such as the relationship between visual and verbal modes of communication, and the political statement represented by these unprecedented manuscripts: that intellectual and political leadership had passed from the Greeks to the Romans and now to the French. Upper-division undergraduate; graduate; faculty; general. L. Nees; University of Delaware
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Summaries
Long Description
Nicole Oresme's translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, and Economics into French from Latin in the 1370s is the subject of Claire Sherman's stunningly illustrated book. Though both the text translations and their images have been studied separately, this is the first time they are published in their entirety and considered together. Intended for an audience of Charles V, his counselors, and high-ranking lay people, these manuscripts are significant for their linguistic and political implications, for moving Aristotle's work beyond clerical and university boundaries, and for reflecting the dynamics of monarchic control of French language and culture. Sherman shows the importance of Oresme's role as translator and book designer. She also explores the gender and class representations in the imagery, relating them not only to the views of Oresme and his audience but also to the contemporary secular culture.
Main Description
Nicole Oresme's translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Politics,and Economicsinto French from Latin in the 1370s is the subject of Claire Sherman's stunningly illustrated book. Though both the text translations and their images have been studied separately, this is the first time they are published in their entirety and considered together. Intended for an audience of Charles V, his counselors, and high-ranking lay people, these manuscripts are significant for their linguistic and political implications, for moving Aristotle's work beyond clerical and university boundaries, and for reflecting the dynamics of monarchic control of French language and culture. Sherman shows the importance of Oresme's role as translator and book designer. She also explores the gender and class representations in the imagery, relating them not only to the views of Oresme and his audience but also to the contemporary secular culture.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations of Principal Manuscripts
Introduction
The Historical Context of Oresme's Translations
Royal Patronage of Vernacular Translationsp. 3
Intellectual and Political Ties between Nicole Oresme and Charles Vp. 13
Nicole Oresme as Master of the Textsp. 23
Personifications and Allegories as Cognitive and Mnemonic Subject Guides: The Programs of Illustrations in Charles V's Copies of the Livre d'ethiques
Preliminary Considerationsp. 37
Dedication Frontispieces (Book I)p. 45
Virtue as Queen and Mean (Book II)p. 60
Courage, Moderation, and Their Opposites (Book III)p. 72
Generosity, Magnanimity, Profligacy, and Avarice (Book IV)p. 83
The Centrality of Justice (Book V)p. 93
Guides to the Intellectual Virtues (Book VI)p. 117
Reason and Desire: Moral Decisions (Book VII)p. 131
Friendship: Personal and Social Relationships (Book VIII)p. 141
Moral Obligations of Friendship (Book IX)p. 153
Contemplative Happiness and Intellectual Activity (Book X)p. 163
Paradigms of the Body Politic: The Programs of Illustrations in Charles V's Copies of the Livre de politiques and the Livre de yconomique
Contrasts and Continuitiesp. 177
The Six-Forms-of-Government Frontispieces (Book I)p. 184
Classical Authorities on Political Theory (Book II)p. 199
Threats to the Body Politic (Book III)p. 209
Foundations of Political Stability (Book IV)p. 221
Undermining the Body Politic (Book V)p. 231
Good Democracy: A Pastoral Vision? (Book VI)p. 240
Citizens and Noncitizens (Book VII)p. 253
Education of the Young (Book VIII)p. 269
Family and Household (Book I, Yconomique)p. 280
The Marriage Ceremony (Book II, Yconomique)p. 293
Conclusion
Appendix I MS A
Appendix II MS C
Appendix III MS B
Appendix IV MS D
Appendix V MS B, fol. 2, Oresme's Second Instruction to the Reader of the Politiques
Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Works
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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