By Kathleen Maxwell
this can be a research of the creative and political context that resulted in the construction of a really unparalleled Byzantine illustrated manuscript. Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, codex grec fifty four is among the such a lot formidable and complicated manuscripts produced through the Byzantine period. This thirteenth-century Greek and Latin Gospel booklet gains full-page evangelist images, an in depth narrative cycle, and special polychromatic texts. notwithstanding, it hasn't ever been the topic of a complete research and the conditions of its fee are unknown. during this publication Kathleen Maxwell addresses the subsequent questions: what situations resulted in the construction of Paris fifty four? Who commissioned it and for what objective? How was once a deluxe manuscript reminiscent of this produced? Why was once it left unfinished? How does it relate to different Byzantine illustrated Gospel books? Paris 54's techniques are a testomony to the extreme conditions of its fee. Maxwell's multi-disciplinary strategy comprises codicological and paleographical facts including New testomony textual feedback, creative and historic research. She concludes that Paris fifty four was once by no means meant to repeat the other manuscript. quite, it used to be designed to eclipse its contemporaries and to bodily include a brand new courting among Constantinople and the Latin West, as estimated by means of its customer. research of Paris 54's texts and miniature cycle exhibits that it was once created on the behest of a Byzantine emperor as a present to a pope, along side imperial efforts to unify the Latin and Orthodox church buildings. As such, Paris fifty four is a different witness to early Palaeologan makes an attempt to accomplish church union with Rome.
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