In this beautiful book, Jonathan Alexander surveys European manuscript illumination from the fourth to the sixteenth centuries. Illustrating his discussion with examples from all over Europe, he discusses the social and historical contexts of the illuminators' lives, considers their methods of work, and shows the range and nature of their visual sources and the ways in which they were adapted, copied, or created anew.
`The book is magnificent.... [presenting] a sensitive understanding of the manuscript artist and an experienced and wise judgement on his miniatures. This beautifully illustrated and concisely written book is the work of a great master.'-Christopher de Hamel, The Art Newspaper
'An invaluable resource for cultural historians, medievalists, and students of both text-image relationships and artistic processes.'-Choice.
`Alexander proves himself to be an inspired chronicler of 1200 years of illumination... Quite apart from its lively tone and accessible erudition, [this book] appeals on the strength of its many illustrations.'-Christopher Hughes, Voice Literary Supplement. -
`Alexander has for long been at the forefront of the study of medieval manuscript illumination ... [He here] provides a clear overview of the most important area of European book illumination.'-Richard Ovenden, Rare Books Newsletter.
JONATHAN J. G. ALEXANDER is professor of art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York.
1st edition 1992, Pb, 214pp, 247 plates – probably 40-50% in full colour, 21 x 28 cm