The Bernward Gospels: Art, Memory, and the Episcopate in Medieval Germany by Jennifer P. KingsleyThe Bernward Gospels: Art, Memory, and the Episcopate in Medieval Germany by Jennifer P. Kingsley

The Bernward Gospels: Art, Memory, and the Episcopate in Medieval Germany

byJennifer P. Kingsley

Hardcover | January 10, 2014

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Few works of art better illustrate the splendor of eleventh-century painting than the manuscript often referred to as the “precious gospels” of Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim, with its peculiar combination of sophistication and naïveté, its dramatically gesturing figures, and the saturated colors of its densely ornamented surfaces. In The Bernward Gospels, Jennifer Kingsley offers the first interpretive study of the pictorial program of this famed manuscript and considers how the gospel book conditioned contemporary and future viewers to remember the bishop. The codex constructs a complex image of a minister caring for his diocese not only through a life of service but also by means of his exceptional artistic patronage; of a bishop exercising the sacerdotal authority of his office; and of a man fundamentally preoccupied with his own salvation and desire to unite with God through both his sight and touch. Kingsley insightfully demonstrates how this prominent member of the early medieval episcopate presented his role to the saints and to the communities called upon to remember him.

Jennifer P. Kingsley is Lecturer and Administrator in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University. Jennifer P. Kingsley is Lecturer and Administrator in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University.
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Title:The Bernward Gospels: Art, Memory, and the Episcopate in Medieval GermanyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 10 × 8 × 1 inPublished:January 10, 2014Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271060794

ISBN - 13:9780271060798

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Memory

2 Service

3 Sight

4 Touch

Conclusion

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“In focusing minutely on a single patron and the visual program of one commission, [this study] brilliantly addresses a multitude of issues in Ottonian theology, history, and art.”

—Karen Blough, CAA.Reviews