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Medieval Art

March 4, 2013

I’m currently working on a job for a company making board games. The board game they have asked me to provide illustrations, or maybe I should say illuminations, for is loosely set in medieval times and the brief asked for images based on the Peterborough Psalter. Research actually proved quite difficult for the Peterborough Psalter but I did find a good number of Psalters and manuscripts from the same period to work from. The British Library, amoung others, has a collection of these fantastic manuscripts digitised and available on line. Well worth checking out as the more you look at them to realise how creative and talented some of the scribes / artists who created them were. When you first look at them they appear quite naive but as you explore them further you have to accept that the figure work, both human and animal, in some cases, is extremely well observed. Not to mention the, sometimes quite bizarre, insights into the life and times they illustrate. A book I’m reading on the subject, Image on the Edge – The Margins of Medieval Art by Michael Camille, discusses the social implications of the sometimes humorous, parodic and often quite subversive illustrations that adorn these manuscripts and tell us a lot about how the scribes saw their employers and the medieval world in general.

The Alphonse Psalter_06

Alphonse Psalter

The Alphonso Psalter_01

Alphonso Psalter

Peterborough Psalter

Peterborough Psalter

Psalter from 1310-1324

Psalter from 1310-1324

 

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  1. March 4, 2013 8:15 pm

    Good luck! I love illuminated manuscripts, too! There are a few in the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, among other places (with more famous collections).

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