The Bernward Gospels: Art, Memory, and the Episcopate in Medieval Germany

The Bernward Gospels: Art, Memory, and the Episcopate in Medieval Germany

by Jennifer P. Kingsley

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Overview

Few works of art better illustrate the splendor of eleventh-century painting than the manuscript often referred to as the “precious gospels” of Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim, with its peculiar combination of sophistication and naïveté, its dramatically gesturing figures, and the saturated colors of its densely ornamented surfaces. In The Bernward Gospels, Jennifer Kingsley offers the first interpretive study of the pictorial program of this famed manuscript and considers how the gospel book conditioned contemporary and future viewers to remember the bishop. The codex constructs a complex image of a minister caring for his diocese not only through a life of service but also by means of his exceptional artistic patronage; of a bishop exercising the sacerdotal authority of his office; and of a man fundamentally preoccupied with his own salvation and desire to unite with God through both his sight and touch. Kingsley insightfully demonstrates how this prominent member of the early medieval episcopate presented his role to the saints and to the communities called upon to remember him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271077642
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 01/10/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 228
File size: 57 MB
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About the Author

Jennifer P. Kingsley is Lecturer and Administrator in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Memory

2 Service

3 Sight

4 Touch

Conclusion

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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