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Devotional Frontispiece To Genesis, In The Bible Of William Of Devon

Devotional Frontispiece To Genesis, In The Bible Of William Of Devon

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1265

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 D.i

Item number: f.4v

Length: 31.2

Width: 19.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This Bible is important for two reasons. First, it is beautifully written and signed by its English scribe, William of Devon, which is rare in the 13th century. Second, the illumination represents the first clear example of a wave of French (primarily Parisian) influence that played an important part in the development of English art from about the 1260s onwards. This influence manifested itself both in terms of style (for example the adoption of so-called 'broad fold' draperies), and iconography: the Psalm initials in the present Bible are almost entirely dependent on French rather than English traditions. This page faces the start of Genesis: it incorporates the Coronation of the Virgin, the Crucifixion flanked by cherubim, the Virgin and Child flanked by Sts. Peter and Paul, and St. Martin dividing his cloak. Below the miniature is a kneeling cleric, presumably intended to represent the original owner of the manuscript.

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