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De Vita et Conversatione Anselmi Cantuariensis

Object Details

Title:

De Vita et Conversatione Anselmi Cantuariensis

Artists/Makers:

Unknown

Eadmer of Canterbury (English, about 1055 - 1124)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Tournai (probably), Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1140–1150

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and ink on parchment bound between wood boards covered with old brown calf

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XI 6 (83.MN.125)

Dimensions:

Leaf: 17.8 × 10.8 cm (7 × 4 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

The biography of Saint Anselm was written in Latin (Vita et conversatione Anselmi Cantuariensis) by his chaplain and secretary Eadmer (about 1055-1124) shortly after Anselm's death in 1109. Anselm had not only written a number of well-respected theological works, but he had also attempted to free his church from the interference of the English kings. In describing the exemplary life of Anselm, the text provided a role model for other monks to follow. Manuscripts such as this one would have been distributed to each monk to provide appropriate material for reading and contemplation.

This particular copy of the biography was copied about a generation after it was originally composed, around the middle of the 1100s, probably at the Benedictine abbey of Saint Martin at Tournai (in modern-day Belgium). The decoration of the manuscript is executed in colored inks and makes considerable use of unpainted parchment, a technique commonly found in English manuscripts of the period.

Provenance
Provenance
before 1956
by 1974

Hans P. Kraus, Sr., American, born Austria, 1907 - 1988
Source: H.P. Kraus, Monumenta Codicum Manu Scriptorum (New York, 1974), no. 11.

until 1983

Dr. Peter Ludwig, German, 1925 - 1996 and Irene Ludwig, German, 1927 - 2010, sold to J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Early Medieval and Romanesque Manuscripts (October 17 to December 30, 1984) (fols. 2v-3)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 17 to December 30, 1984
Monasteries and Manuscripts (April 21 to July 5, 1987) (fols. 44v-45)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 21 to July 5, 1987
The Art of the Written Word: Medieval and Renaissance Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts (January 16 to April 1, 1990) (fols. 2v-3)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 16 to April 1, 1990
Monasteries and Manuscripts (July 16 to September 29, 1991) (fols. 44v-45)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 16 to September 29, 1991
Early Medieval and Romanesque Manuscripts (July 19 to October 10, 1993) (fols. 2v-3)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 19 to October 10, 1993
Faces of Power and Piety: Portraits in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (February 2 to April 18, 1999) (fols. 44v-45)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 2 to April 18, 1999
Seeking Illumination: Monastic Manuscripts, 800-1200 (March 23 to June 13, 2004) (fols. 44v-45)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 23 to June 13, 2004
The Medieval Scriptorium (November 24, 2009 to February 14, 2010) (fols. 2v-3)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 14, 2010
Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands (August 24, 2010 to February 6, 2011) (fols. 2v-3; fols. 44v-45)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 24, 2010 to February 6, 2011
Touching the Past: The Hand in the Medieval Book (July 7 to September 27, 2015) (fols. 44v-45)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 7 to September 27, 2015
Bibliography
Bibliography

Hoffmann, Konrad, ed. The Year 1200: A Centennial Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970).

von Euw, Anton, and Joachim M. Plotzek. Die Handschriften der Sammlung Ludwig. 4 vols. (Cologne: Schnütgen-Museum, 1979-1985), vol. 3 (1982), pp. 70-73.

"Manuscript Acquisitions: The Ludwig Collection." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12, 1984, pp. 296-97.

Inglis, Erik. Faces of Power & Piety (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum; London: The British Library, 2008), p. 40, fig. 37.

Kren, Thomas. Illuminated Manuscripts of Germany and Central Europe in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009), pp. 24-25, 31-33, 82-85, front cover.

Kren, Thomas. Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), pp. 9, 38-39, ill.

Turner, Nancy K. 2020. “A Romanesque Binding in The J. Paul Getty Museum: materials, craft technology, and monastic reform.” Journal of Paper Conservation: Special Issue in Memory of Christopher Clarkson, 20: 1-20, pp. 1-4, 213-232.