Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500 by Barbara Drake Boehm

Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500

byBarbara Drake Boehm

Paperback | January 6, 2009

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This delightful book describes and illustrates the Metropolitan Museum’s collection of nearly 40 illuminations from Italian choral manuscripts. Representing the work of Gothic and Renaissance masters both celebrated and anonymous, these precious paintings in miniature---with their compelling narrative, brilliant color, and shining gold---bear witness to exceptional aesthetic accomplishment. The choir books they illuminate are a rich source of information about the development of chant, whose unexpected transcendent tonalities have abiding appeal today. They also serve as primary sources for the study of the lives of religious communities and of the philosophy and faith that infused medieval Europe, offering a glimpse of Italy at the dawn of the Renaissance.

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Barbara Drake Boehm is Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Title:Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 6, 2009Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300141424

ISBN - 13:9780300141429

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"Boehm provides just the right amount of context, allowing the pages to speak, or sing, for themselves." — Reference & Research Book News