Choirs of Angels Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500 by Barbara Drake Boehm

By Barbara Drake Boehm

This pleasant e-book describes and illustrates the Metropolitan Museum’s selection of approximately forty illuminations from Italian choral manuscripts. Representing the paintings of Gothic and Renaissance masters either celebrated and nameless, those worthwhile work in miniature---with their compelling narrative, wonderful colour, and shining gold---bear witness to remarkable aesthetic accomplishment. The choir books they remove darkness from are a wealthy resource of knowledge in regards to the improvement of chant, whose unforeseen transcendent tonalities have abiding attraction this present day. additionally they function fundamental resources for the examine of the lives of spiritual groups and of the philosophy and religion that infused medieval Europe, supplying a glimpse of Italy on the sunrise of the Renaissance.

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