Anglo-Catalan Psalter or The Great Canterbury Psalter, folio 1 recto: Genesis.
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Title:Anglo-Catalan Psalter or The Great Canterbury Psalter, folio 1 recto: Genesis

"This manuscript was illustrated in two different periods:Canterbury, c. 1200: 184 pages. This first section follows the iconographic cycle of the Utrecht Psalter. It opens with what Leroquais called the Psalter prologue, consisting of 8 extraordinary, full-page miniatures, and continues with 52 fascinating miniatures measuring approximately 15 x 32 cm (width of the page) at the beginning of each Psalm. Most pages feature decorated initials.Catalonia, c. 1340: from page 185 onwards we find 46 miniatures the width of the page and 15 to 25 cm high, surrounded by bright colours and divided into two or three bands each divided into two or three compartments. The few consisting of a single section appear on pages 328 and 340. The miniatures on pages 144, 146, 160, 162, 164 and 172 are also by Ferrer Bassa, although these are of a rather different style and may have been painted by the Catalan artist upon a sketch that the English artist left unfinished (judging by the composition, the iconography based on the Utrecht Psalter, and the stylistic and technical factors including drapes and the constant use of a royal blue that subsequently disappeared... the decorated letters on these folios are all by the English miniaturist). The folios from 185 onwards are characterised by the great iconographic freedom of the typological interpretation of both the Psalms and the New Testament prophecies." [from M. Moleiro, rare book reproductions]

Date:ca. 1185-1195
Building:Bibliothèque nationale de France
Object/Function:Manuscript illumination

Scripture:Genesis 2:18-24
Genesis 3:8-15
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Person as Subject:Cain (Biblical figure)
Abel (Biblical figure)
Adam (Biblical figure)
Eve (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:BProp22
General Subject:Creation of Animals
Creation of Adam
Creation of Eve
Garden of Eden
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

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Attribution:Anglo-Catalan Psalter or The Great Canterbury Psalter, folio 1 recto: Genesis, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 2, 2023]. Original source:
Record Number:55259 Last Updated: 2021-08-18 11:56:10 Record Created: 2012-04-12 14:14:55
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition