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Le miroir du canoniste: Les images et le texte dans un manuscrit médiéval

Jean-Claude Schmitt
Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales
48e Année, No. 6, Mondes de L'art (Nov. - Dec., 1993), pp. 1471-1495
Published by: EHESS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27584573
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

This study of the iconography of a manuscript from the Decree of Gratian W. 133 from the Walters Art Gallery (produced in the North of France at the end of the 13th century) offers—without ignoring questions with regard to art history or the history of law—a systematic analysis of the thirty-six historiated initials in the second part, in order to bring to light the ideological function of such an illuminated manuscript. The study focusses in particular on the "great figures", which the causae textes do not mention explicitly, however, which, in eleven of the images, might be said to incarnate the role of arbiter and defender of canon law, or event the very prestige and necessity of canon law itself. This figure shows us the way in which the manuscript functions as a mirror in the hands of its patron or the men of law who came to use it.

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