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Postcards on Parchment
The Social Lives of Medieval Books

Kathryn M. Rudy

Medieval prayer books held not only the devotions and meditations of Christianity, but also housed, slipped between pages, sundry notes, reminders, and ephemera, such as pilgrims’ badges, sworn oaths, and small painted images. Many of these last items have been classified as manuscript illumination, but Kathryn M. Rudy argues that these pictures should be called, instead, parchment paintings, similar to postcards. In a delightful study identifying this group of images for the first time, Rudy delineates how these objects functioned apart from the books in which they were kept. Whereas manuscript illuminations were designed to provide a visual narrative to accompany a book’s text, parchment paintings offered a kind of autonomous ...


2015   362 pp.  80 color + 140 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300209891  $85.00 tx

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The Wilton Diptych
 



Gothic Wonder
Art, Artifice, and the Decorated Style, 1290–1350
 



Religious Poverty, Visual Riches
Art in the Dominican Churches of Central Italy in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
 



A Deadly Art
European Crossbows, 1250–1850
 



Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim
 



The Art of Illumination
The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry
 



The Art of Medieval Spain, A.D. 500–1200
 



Pen and Parchment
Drawing in the Middle Ages
 



Perceptions of Byzantium and Its Neighbors (843–1261)
 



The Pieta in French Late Gothic Sculpture
Regional Variations
 



Sculpture from Notre-Dame, Paris
A Dramatic Discovery
 



Set in Stone
The Face in Medieval Sculpture
 



The St. Martin Embroideries
 



Textiles of Late Antiquity
 



Treasures of Early Irish Art, 1500 B.C. to 1500 A.D.
 



The Wild Man
Medieval Myth and Symbolism
 



The Year 1200
A Background Survey
 



The Year 1200
A Centennial Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 



The Year 1200
A Symposium
09/10/13, Paper $175.00 tx
ISBN: 9780300201673

 



Abbot Suger and Saint-Denis
A Symposium
 

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