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Overview

In our electronic age, we are accustomed to the use of icons, symbols, graphs, charts, diagrams and visualisations as part of the vocabulary of communication. But this rich ecosystem is far from a modern phenomenon. Early medievalmanuscripts demonstrate that their makers and readers achieved very sophisticated levels of "graphicacy". When considered from this perspective, many elements familiar to students of manuscript decoration - embellished charactersin scripts, decorated initials, monograms, graphic symbols, assembly marks, diagrammatic structures, frames, symbolic ornaments, musical notation - are revealed to be not minor, incidental marks but crucial elements within the larger sign systems of manuscripts.
This interdisciplinary volume is the first to discuss the conflation of text and image with a specific focus on the appearance of various graphic devices in manuscript culture. By looking attheir many forms as they appear from the fourth century to their full maturity in the long ninth century, its contributors demonstrate the importance of these symbols to understanding medieval culture.

Michelle P. Brown FSA is Professor Emerita of Medieval Book History at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and was formerly the Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library; Ildar Garipzanov is Professor of Early Medieval History at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo; Benjamin C. Tilghman is Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington College.

Contributors: Tina Bawden, Michelle P.Brown, Leslie Brubaker, David Ganz, Ildar H. Garipzanov, Cynthia Hahn, Catherine E. Karkov, Herbert L. Kessler, Beatrice Kitzinger, Kallirroe Linardou, Lawrence Nees, Eric Palazzo, Benjamin C. Tilghman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783272266
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 10/20/2017
Series: Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture Series , #11
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michelle P. Brown FSA is Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript. Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and was formerly the Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library.

Ildar Garipzanov is Professor of Early Medieval History at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo.

Beniamin C. Tilghman is Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington College and a member of the Material Collective.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Contributors xiv

Introduction: The Role of Graphic Devices in Understanding the Early Decorated Book Michelle P. Brown Ildar H. Garipzanov Benjamin C. Tilghman 1

I Graphic Devices In The Early Medieval Book: Cross-Cultural Perspectives On A Complex Phenomenon

1 'In the Image and Likeness of God': The Dedication Monogram in the Calendar of 354 and Early Medieval Monogrammatic Initials Ildar H. Garipzanov 15

2 'Character' and the Power of the Letter David Ganz 31

3 Tangled Voices: Writing, Drawing and the Anglo-Saxon Decorated Initial Catherine E. Karkov 45

4 Graphic Visualization in Liturgical Manuscripts in the Early Middle Ages: The Initial 'O' in the Sacramentary of Gellone Eric Palazzo 63

5 Graphic Quire Marks and Qur'anic Verse Markers in Frankish and Islamic Manuscripts from the Seventh and Eighth Centuries Lawrence Nees 80

6 The Graphic Cross as Salvific Mark and Organizing Principle: Making, Marking, Shaping Cynthia Hahn 100

II Insular And Carolingian Graphicacy: Shared Practices In Divergent Settings

7 The Visual Rhetoric of Insular Decorated Incipit Openings Michelle P. Brown 127

8 The Relationship between Letter and Frame in Insular and Carolingian Manuscripts Tina Bawden 143

9 Patterns of Meaning in Insular Manuscripts: Folio 183r in the Book of Kells Benjamin C. Tilghman 163

10 Graphic and Figural Representation in Touronian Gospel Illumination Beatrice Kitzinger 179

III Contrast And Commonality: Byzantine Manuscripts

11 Meaning from the Margins: Graphic Signs, Frames and Initials in a Ninth-Century Byzantine Manuscript Leslie Brubaker 205

12 An Exercise in Extravagance and Abundance: Some Thoughts on the marginalia decorata in the Condex Parasinus graecus Kallirroe Linardou 216

IV Embedding Graphic Devices In Understanding The Complete Codex: Externalization And Internalization

13 The Cross on the Book: Diagram, Ornament, Materiality David Ganz 243

14 Graphic Glosses and Argumentative Ornament Herbert L. Kessler 265

Index 290

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