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By Kathryn M. Rudy

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"Medieval manuscripts resisted obsolescence. Made through hugely specialized craftspeople (scribes, illuminators, ebook binders) with labour-intensive tactics utilizing unique and infrequently unique fabrics (parchment made of dozens or thousands of skins, inks and paints made up of prized minerals, animals and plants), books have been dear and equipped to final. and they outlived their proprietors. instead of discard them  Read more...

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These two forces—reading style and economics— meant that books of hours were written and designed differently from psalters. Books of hours (at least in the Netherlands) were made increasingly in smaller segments that could be brought together during binding. 5 Bas Méridionaux,” in Manuscripten en miniaturen: studies aangeboden aan Anne S. Korteweg bij haar afscheid van de Koninklijke Bibliotheek, ed. J. A. A. M. , Bijdragen tot de Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse Boekhandel (Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2007), pp.

Second, its simplicity must have appealed to the half-trained Masters of the Pink Canopies. Depicting the naked figure of Jesus provided challenges for the artists, but they followed a formula, which made it easier. Otherwise, most of the surface is given to the arma Christi, which comprise simple geometric shapes and posed little challenge even to a maladroit painter. Part of the appeal and popularity of the arma Christi as a devotional aid must have been the ease with which it could be reproduced with little skill.

Modular manuscripts often contain blank folios, because scribes typically started new texts on a fresh recto. In doing so they were anticipating that a (future) owner could insert a full-page miniature to the book on the left side of the opening, so that it would face the initial on the right. The southern Netherlands produced the most extreme cases of wasted parchment. These manuscripts were extremely modularized. D. Precursors of book modules Some of the elements of the modular method were already present in earlier systems of making manuscripts: account books made out of single leaves; thirteenth-century Parisian Bibles copied with the pecia 32 End of the Hours of the Virgin (inscribed in Bruges), and prayer to St.

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