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Illuminated Manuscripts   By: (1830-1916)

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I recently had the pleasure of delving into the world of illuminated manuscripts with John William Bradley's captivating book. This comprehensive work takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through the medieval art form that has long fascinated scholars and admirers of fine craftsmanship.

With meticulous attention to detail, Bradley introduces us to the rich history and cultural significance of illuminated manuscripts. From their origins in ancient civilizations to their golden age during the Middle Ages, the author skillfully guides us through the evolution of this intricate art form. Bradley's extensive knowledge and evident passion for the subject shine through his engaging narrative, making the book both informative and enjoyable to read.

One aspect that truly makes this book stand out is the stunning collection of visuals included throughout its pages. The illustrations, photographs, and reproductions of illuminated pages bring the art form to life and allow readers to appreciate the exquisite intricacies that are often overlooked. Bradley's decision to include these visuals is a testament to his dedication as an author and enhances the reader's experience, as we can marvel at the vivid hues and intricate detailing of the illuminated manuscripts.

But this book is not just a visual feast; it also provides ample historical context and analysis. Bradley examines the social, religious, and artistic influences that shaped the production of illuminated manuscripts, resulting in a comprehensive understanding of this art form's significance in various cultures and societies. Furthermore, the author delves into the technical aspects of manuscript creation, shedding light on the meticulous craftsmanship and skills required to produce these masterpieces.

One minor drawback of the book is its occasional tendency to delve into intricate scholarly details. While this may be appreciated by those well-versed in art history, it might deter casual readers seeking a more general introduction to illuminated manuscripts. Nevertheless, Bradley's writing style remains accessible and engaging throughout, ensuring that even those unfamiliar with the subject will find themselves captivated by the world he unravels.

In conclusion, John William Bradley's Illuminated Manuscripts is a compelling exploration of a captivating art form. It seamlessly blends historical context, stunning visuals, and the author's intricate knowledge to offer an enriching reading experience. Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, or simply intrigued by the beauty of illuminated manuscripts, this book is a must-read that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for this extraordinary art form.

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Illuminated Manuscripts

John Bradley






What is meant by art? The art faculty How artists may be compared The aim of illumination Distinction between illumination and miniature Definition of illumination The first miniature painter Origin of the term "miniature" Ovid's allusion to his little book.



Difference between vellum and parchment Names of different preparations The kinds of vellum most prized for illuminated books The "parcheminerie" of the Abbey of Cluny Origin of the term "parchment" Papyrus.



Its different styles Origin of Western alphabets Various forms of letters Capitals, uncials, etc. Texts used in Western Europe Forms of ancient writings The roll, or volume The codex Tablets Diptychs, etc. The square book How different sizes of books were produced.



The first miniature painter The Vatican Vergils Methods of painting Origin of Christian art The Vienna Genesis The Dioscorides The Byzantine Revival.



The rebuilding of the city of Byzantium the beginning of Byzantine art Justinian's fondness for building and splendour Description of Paul the Silentiary Sumptuous garments The Gospel book of Hormisdas Characteristics of Byzantine work Comparative scarcity of examples Rigidity of Byzantine rules of art Periods of Byzantine art Examples Monotony and lifelessness of the style... Continue reading book >>

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