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10 October 2019'Touching the Sublime' - English Romanesque and Gothic Illuminated Manuscripts
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'Touching the Sublime' - English Romanesque and Gothic Illuminated Manuscripts Mark Cottle Thursday 10 October 2019

The Golden Age of English Gothic manuscript illumination ranges from 1200 to 1500. Like roof bosses high above cathedral naves which escaped the iconoclasm of the Reformation, illuminated manuscripts provide direct contact with one of the great expressions of medieval English art. With reference to a wide range of examples like the Sherborne Missal, the Luttrell Psalter and the Bedford Hours, the lecture will explore the nature and scale of this astonishing artistic achievement.