Vol. 17 No. 1 (2020)
Articles

L’enluminure chartraine au XIIe siècle: le légendier illustré de la cathédrale

Published November 27, 2020
Keywords
  • Chartres cathedral,
  • illuminated manuscripts,
  • hagiography,
  • iconography,
  • Romanesque Art
How to Cite
Rabel, C. (2020). L’enluminure chartraine au XIIe siècle: le légendier illustré de la cathédrale. Scrineum Rivista, 17(1), 17-48. https://doi.org/10.13128/scrineum-12154

Abstract

A Legendary, formerly in the cathedral chapter library of Chartres, ms. 500, stood out amongst the manuscripts burnt in 1944. It was a large volume from the mid-12th century, richly illuminated with an exceptional cycle of 55 historiated initials. Thanks to the recovered fragments and pre-war reproductions and descriptions, the sanctoral and its iconography can be examined in relation with the liturgy, relics and the 13th-century stained-glasses in the Chartres cathedral. The early and rare hagiographical scenes raise a question of their possible Byzantine source of inspiration.

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