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The Uta Codex Art, Philosophy, and Reform in Eleventh-Century Germany cover
  • ISBN: 9780271019598
  • ISBN10: 027101959X

The Uta Codex Art, Philosophy, and Reform in Eleventh-Century Germany

by Adam S. Cohen

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/2000
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Created at the behest of an early eleventh-century abbess named Uta, the Uta Codex is not only one of the most beautiful of Ottonian manuscripts but also one of the most complex. The Uta Codex is a luxury Gospel lectionary, produced for the Niedermunster convent in Regensburg (Bavaria). This collection of liturgical readings is preceded by four full-page frontispieces illustrating the Hand of God, Uta dedicating the codex to the Virgin and Child, a Symbolic Crucifixion, and Saint Erhard (patron saint of the convent) cerebrating the Mass. Four evangelist portraits accompany the readings from each Gospel. The lavish miniatures, among the most elaborate pictures of the Middle Ages, are non-narrative illuminations that carefully manipulate images, ornament, Latin tituli, and geometric schemata to produce complex statements of visual exegesis. This volume situates the manuscript in the monastic context of Regensburg and methodically explicates each of its pictures and considers questions of program, patronage, the relationship between text and image, and the function of the book. The Codex emerges as a sophisticated memorial of abbess Uta's reforming efforts.

The Uta Codex provides for the first time a meticulous examination of the miniatures as well as a broader investigation of the place of the manuscript within the structures of patronage and spirituality in early eleventh-century Germany. It will be of interest to scholars of medieval art, as well as those exploring questions of monastic culture, intellectual life, and women in the Middle Ages.

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