Title

Vision, Devotion, and Difficulty in the Psalter-Hours ‘of Yolande of Soissons’

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Art Bulletin

Volume

87

Issue

1

Publisher

College Art Association

Publication Date

3-1-2005

First Page

6

Last Page

23

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00043079.2005.10786226

Abstract

Moving beyond conventional approaches to Psalter illustration, the creators of this late-thirteenth-century French luxury prayer book strove for visual complexity as a means to an end. Closely studied, the cycle of illuminations that accompany the Psalter, depicting the Public Life of Christ, reveals a model for devotion in which the effort required to correlate texts and images both present and implied serves as the vehicle for spiritual elevation. Indicative of the inventive and often idiosyncratic visualities of late-medieval female devotion, the manuscript reminds modern viewers to look past the surface appearance of simplicity and legibility.

Comments

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00043079.2005.10786226

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