Leaves from Paradise: The Cult of John the Evangelist at the Dominican Convent of Paradies bei Soest

Leaves from Paradise: The Cult of John the Evangelist at the Dominican Convent of Paradies bei Soest


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A pair of leaves recently acquired by Houghton Library presents an opportunity to examine the illuminated sequence composed in honor of John the Evangelist, Verbum dei, deo natum, within its broader cultural context. Written and illuminated at the Dominican nunnery of Paradies bei Soest in Westfalia as part of a set of liturgical books that are among the most elaborate of their kind from the entire Middle Ages, the richly decorated fragments promise to transform our understanding of the special place of Christ’s “beloved disciple” in 14th-century art, liturgy, theology, and mysticism. In addition to an introduction on art and liturgy in the Middle Ages, the interdisciplinary collection of essays includes contributions by musicologists, philologists and art historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976547280
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/30/2008
Series: Houghton Library Publications , #2
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey F. Hamburger is Kuno Francke Professor of German Art and Culture at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Jeffrey F. Hamburger
  • Verbum dei deo natum and its Manuscript Context
    Nancy van Deusen
  • Sisters in the Margins? Scribes and Illuminators in the Scriptorium of Paradies near Soest
    Susan Marti
  • Commentaries on Verbum dei deo natum in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Manuscripts
    Erika Kihlman
  • Music for St. John the Evangelist. Virtue and Virtuosity at the Convent of Paradies
    Lori Kruckenberg
  • “Explaining the Bread of True Intelligence.” John the Evangelist as Mystagogue in the Sequence
    Felix Heinzer
  • Inscribing the Word—Illuminating the Sequence. Epithets in Honor of John the Evangelist in the Graduals from Paradies bei Soest
    Jeffrey F. Hamburger

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