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Art Bound September 2013

September 2013

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Books published on the occasion of the exhibition Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from September 20, 2013, to February 2, 2014.

In This Issue:

The St. Albans Psalter
The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral
Stained Glass

N E W   F R O M   G E T T Y   P U B L I C A T I O N S

The St. Albans Psalter
Painting and Prayer in Medieval England
Kristen Collins, Peter Kidd, and Nancy Turner
The St. Albans Psalter

The St. Albans Psalter is one of the most important, famous, and puzzling books produced in twelfth-century England. Although most twelfth-century prayer books were not illustrated, the St. Albans Psalter includes more than 40 full-page illuminations and over 200 historiated initials. Decorated with gold and precious colors, the psalter offers a display unparalleled by any other English manuscript to survive from the period. In 2007 the St. Albans Psalter was removed from its binding and in 2012 the disbound leaves traveled to the J. Paul Getty Museum, where scholars, conservators, and scientists conducted a close examination. New evidence revealed here challenges several prevailing assumptions about this richly illuminated manuscript.

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The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral
Jeffrey Weaver and Madeline H. Caviness
The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral

Eighty-six near-life-size figures of the male ancestors of Christ once looked down on the choir and eastern extension of the medieval cathedral and priory church of Canterbury. Made of colored glass, with the details of the faces and costumes painted on the surface, the ancestors of Christ windows illuminated the liturgical areas during all but the earliest services in the depths of winter, glowing pale blue at dawn and yellow and red at noon.This luminously illustrated book discusses the original context, iconographic program, and stylistic development of these windows. It also explores how the windows were perceived by various medieval viewing constituencies, including royals, peasants, princes of the church, the local Jewish community, and monks resident at Canterbury.

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Stained Glass
Radiant Art
Virginia Chieffo Raguin
Stained Glass

Beautifully illustrated with reproductions from the remarkable stained glass collection at the J. Paul Getty Museum, this volume addresses the making of a stained glass window, its iconography and architectural context, the patrons and collectors, and the challenges of restoration and display. The selected works include examples from Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Subject matter ranges from monumental religious scenes for Gothic churches to lively heraldic panels made for houses and other secular settings. Integrating comparisons to works of art in other media, such as manuscripts, drawings, and panel paintings, this book encourages the general reader to see stained glass as an element of a broad artistic production.

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