Hanna Vorholt:
Tradition and Transformations. The illustrated
Manuscripts of the
"Liber Floridus" by Lambert of Saint-Omer

The "Liber Floridus" is reputed to be one of the most famous encyclopaedias of the Middle Ages (c. 1120, Gent, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Ms. 92) and has repeatedly been copied until the sixteenth century. Seven manuscripts have come down to us transmitting not only the texts but also the unique miniatures of the florilegium. Based on both a codicological analysis of the illustrated copies of the "Liber Floridus" and the comparative demarcation of differences as well as continuities within the transfer of knowledge, my project aims at disclosing the manuscripts as mediators and as a media of information. This is not only to characterize the intentions of the respective patrons but also to exemplify changes in the re-production and reception of medieval erudition and imagery.

Abbildungen: Liber Floridus (c. 1120), Gent, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Ms. 92, fol. 88r Liber Floridus (E. 15. Jh.), Chantilly, Musie Condi, Ms. 724 (olim 1596), fol. 59v

Warburg Institute (London), Photographic Collection

Studies of Art History, Philosophy as well as German language and literature in Munich, Berlin and London, M.A.


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