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Routledge Revivals: The Illuminations of the Stavelot Bible (1978)

1st Edition

By Wayne Dynes


374 pages

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First published in 1978, this book offers a comprehensive study of the illuminations of the Stavelot Bible. The illuminations themselves have been recognized as occupying an important place in the incipient stage of the Romanesque style in the Meuse valley. The two volumes of the Bible contain no less than ninety-seven illuminated initials, almost half of them containing figures. Wayne Dynes’s study brings this into context by giving the historical background of the abbey of Stavelot and the manuscript itself, and then the exegetical and illustrative tradition shaping earlier illuminated Bibles. A third chapter examines the question of the assignment of the hands, providing at the same time a survey of the contents. This clears the way for discussions of areas of importance including the famous full-page composition of Christ in Majesty, and analyses key miniatures and groups of miniatures. This procedure serves to clarify the overall scheme of illumination and permit a comparison with earlier achievements in the history of Bible illumination.

Table of Contents

Table of Abbreviations

List of Illustrations


1. The Historical Background of Stavelot and its Great Bible

2. Biblical Exegesis and Biblical Illumination

3. The Artists and their Styles

4. Vinea Domini

5. The Centrality of Christ

6. Moses and Joshua

7. Portraiture

8. Christ in Majesty




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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Biblical Studies / General
RELIGION / Biblical Biography / General
RELIGION / Biblical Studies / History & Culture
RELIGION / History