Reading Notes October 11 ahis220 fall07

Reading Notes October 11 ahis220 fall07 - READING October...

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READING October 11: Irish Monasticism and Hiberno-Saxon Art Word And Image: An Introduction To Early Medieval Art by Diebold * note: BD = Book of Durrow, CA = Codex Amiatinus, LG = the Lindisfarne Gospels * Gregory believed it a missionary advantage for pictures/books to impress people, whether they understood it or not * the Book of Durrow probably produced in 2 nd half of 7 th century-- the earliest of the gospel books made in the British Isles in the 2 centuries after missionaries arrived * Book of Durrow-- origin is argued-- takes name from Irish monastery where it was kept in Middle Ages called Durrow, but possibly from monastery in Northumbria, England-- doesn’t really matter though b/c in 7 th cent, north England was converted to Christianity by Irish monks, so Northumbria & Ireland were a “unified cultural landscape” (This changes later though when Christianity brought by the Roman missionaries came into conflict with the Irish monks’ Christianity) * BD is an artifact of Mediterranean Christianity, but its decoration is not Mediterranean * like most insular gospel books, B of Durrow has three different kinds of ornamentation-- carpet pages, symbols of the evangelists, decorated letters
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