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Full-Page Miniature Of The Virgin And Child, In A Psalter

Full-Page Miniature Of The Virgin And Child, In A Psalter

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 B.vi

Item number: f.12v

Length: 27.6

Width: 18.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Mid 13th-century St. Albans is crucially important in the history of English illuminated manuscripts thanks primarily to the works of Matthew Paris, a monk of the abbey. Many manuscripts have been--probably wrongly--attributed to the abbey by comparison with Matthew's style and technique; this psalter is therefore important because its claim to be a St. Albans product (based on the calendar, litany, and early ownership by a St. Albans monk) is secure. Although this miniature is executed in the same technique as the preceding miniatures, consisting of brown ink drawing with transparent colour washes of pigment applied on top, this image has a much richer effect due to the background of thickly applied deep blue paint. By the mid-13th century it was not uncommon to depict the Virgin Mary wearing a crown and holding a sceptre-like staff, as the Queen of Heaven.

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