Kathleen Maxwell's Between Constantinople and Rome: An Illuminated Byzantine PDF

By Kathleen Maxwell

ISBN-10: 1409457443

ISBN-13: 9781409457442

this can be a learn of the inventive and political context that resulted in the construction of a really remarkable Byzantine illustrated manuscript. Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, codex grec fifty four is likely one of the so much formidable and complicated manuscripts produced through the Byzantine period. This thirteenth-century Greek and Latin Gospel ebook beneficial properties full-page evangelist photos, an intensive narrative cycle, and exact polychromatic texts. although, it hasn't ever been the topic of a entire examine and the situations of its fee are unknown. during this ebook Kathleen Maxwell addresses the subsequent questions: what conditions ended in the production of Paris fifty four? Who commissioned it and for what goal? How used to be a deluxe manuscript equivalent to this produced? Why was once it left unfinished? How does it relate to different Byzantine illustrated Gospel books? Paris 54's suggestions are a testomony to the extreme conditions of its fee. Maxwell's multi-disciplinary strategy contains codicological and paleographical proof including New testomony textual feedback, inventive and ancient research. She concludes that Paris fifty four was once by no means meant to repeat the other manuscript. particularly, it used to be designed to eclipse its contemporaries and to bodily include a brand new courting among Constantinople and the Latin West, as estimated by means of its purchaser. research of Paris 54's texts and miniature cycle exhibits that it was once created on the behest of a Byzantine emperor as a present to a pope, along with imperial efforts to unify the Latin and Orthodox church buildings. As such, Paris fifty four is a special witness to early Palaeologan makes an attempt to accomplish church union with Rome.

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