Illuminators and Patrons in Fourteenth-Century England: The Psalter and Hours of Humphrey de Bohun and the Manuscripts of the Bohum Family
Illuminators and Patrons in Fourteenth-Century England is a richly illustrated study of one of the treasures of the British Library, MS Egerton 3277, a psalter and book of hours made for Humphrey de Bohun (d. 1373), the vastly wealthy earl of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton, who employed two or more illuminators to work on the manuscript in his own castle at Pleshey, Essex. The interaction between the Bohun patron and the Bohun artists is a major focus of the book.
Along with a detailed commentary on the manuscript’s more than three hundred pictorial subjects from the books of Kings of the Old Testament, the Gospel of Luke, and the Acts of the Apostles, the book includes twelve essays linking the British Library manuscript with others illustrated by the same artists for members of the Bohun family in the second half of the fourteenth century. The book is accompanied by a DVD reproducing every page in images that can be enlarged by the viewer to show the smallest details of the illustrations.
- Page Count: 384 pages
- Illustrations: 240
- Dimensions: 7.2in x 1.5in x 9.9in
‘Such generous, meticulous work leaves little to wish for… Sandler’s book is a magnificent achievement, entirely worthy of its splendid subjects.’
Times Literary Supplement 6 November 2015
‘The manuscript is illustrated with a complex programme of more than three hundred pictorial subjects… Careful planning of the book’s illustrations offers some theologically elegant text/image juxtaposition.’
Roger S. Wieck
The Burlington Magazine November 2015
‘For those who wish to be enlightened on the relationship between text and image this is a pioneering work.’
Speculum January 2017
Author InformationLucy Freeman Sandler is Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History emerita at New York University. Among her numerous publications on fourteenth-century English illuminated manuscripts is the standard survey, Gothic Manuscripts 1285–1385.
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