Between Constantinople and Rome: An Illuminated Byzantine by Kathleen Maxwell

By Kathleen Maxwell

it is a learn of the creative and political context that resulted in the construction of a really extraordinary Byzantine illustrated manuscript. Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, codex grec fifty four is likely one of the so much bold and complicated manuscripts produced throughout the Byzantine period. This thirteenth-century Greek and Latin Gospel ebook beneficial properties full-page evangelist pix, an intensive narrative cycle, and particular polychromatic texts. despite the fact that, it hasn't ever been the topic of a complete examine and the conditions of its fee are unknown. during this booklet Kathleen Maxwell addresses the next questions: what situations resulted in the production of Paris fifty four? Who commissioned it and for what function? How used to be a deluxe manuscript similar to this produced? Why was once it left unfinished? How does it relate to different Byzantine illustrated Gospel books? Paris 54's techniques are a testomony to the extreme situations of its fee. Maxwell's multi-disciplinary strategy contains codicological and paleographical proof including New testomony textual feedback, creative and ancient research. She concludes that Paris fifty four was once by no means meant to repeat the other manuscript. particularly, it was once designed to eclipse its contemporaries and to bodily include a brand new dating among Constantinople and the Latin West, as estimated by way of its customer. 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 side imperial efforts to unify the Latin and Orthodox church buildings. As such, Paris fifty four is a distinct witness to early Palaeologan makes an attempt to accomplish church union with Rome.

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