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By Jean Porcher

Covers the complete variety of French miniature portray from medieval illuminated books. 188 illustrations, ninety-eight in color.

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Such a manuscript we cannot we know of no Greek say, but a it is unlikely, illuminated manuscript More proba- and bly the volutes or scrolls, decorated with a plamette They had no bonds with and appear to have formed their art by which characterise his carpetpages, came to him from Islamic ivories. But that does not explain the carpet-pages themselves, and there is nothing to connect them with those of the earliest Insular manuscripts, in which the decorative motifs were completely diflerent. All the less so venerable Ijfe of St.

In the precisely this firmness that saves Lectionary, a Virgin in a Tree of Jesse is labelled "Theotokos", an unambiguous stamp of her origin. Byzantium has declared herself, although there are clear signs of a Mozarabic intermediary. That alone would explain the appearance of Kufic one of the frames; and characters in art with a general relationship the Bible of Saint-Martial, and through it with the of the South-West, leads one to suppose that Byzantine influence came from the South. The tionship this rela- only a general one, and objects of Oriental is origin were very widely available to the artists of the period; so plaving the case, we must be wary, even game of attributions.

Nothing of the kind had been seen before. was It French Gothic art, in the entourage of St. Louis that and especially painting, had ongm. Somewhat later, about its true first 128$, are two treatises (the dated) illustrated by an illuminator who comes possibly from the northern part of the Ile-de-France, if not from Paris itself: the Noble chevakrie de Judas THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE. LARI3 DE HONNECOURT, MIDDLE OF THE 3TH CENTURY (bIBLIOTHEQUE 48 - I Machabee and 46 a copy of the Bestiary as translated by NATIONALS, MS.

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