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Title :

Reading Aldred's colophon for the Lindisfarne gospels

Author :
NEES, Lawrence ;
Publication year :
2003
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Scholars have generally accepted that the Lindisfarne Gospels (London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero D.IV) is reliably dated to the period 698-721, the date provided in the colophon added to the manuscript by Aldred in the 10th c.cluding that it is not reliable as historical evidence and is likely false. Draws on the evidence of other colophons, and the lack thereof, in additional Insular and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. Notes that colophons or dedications of any kind were rare in 9th-c. and earlier manuscripts, but that many of these early manuscripts had colophons and dedications added from the mid-10th c., just like Aldred's in the Lindisfarne Gospels. Underscores that while this colophon may reflect an accurate oral tradition, it must be understood in its complete context. Drawing on comparisons of related works, suggests that on the grounds of script and decoration the Lindisfarne Gospels would be placed in the second quarter, even toward the middle, of the 8th c. ;
Pagination/Size :
7 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 5303C03 - 300-1400 ; Peinture et arts graphiques ; Enluminure ; 530-III - 300-1400 ;
French keywords :
Aldred, 10 s. ; Anglo-saxon (art) ; Art ; Art insulaire ; Colophon ; Datation ; Enluminure ; Evangiles ; Evangiles de Lindisfarne ; Grande-Bretagne ; London (GBR), British Library ; Manuscrits ; MS Cotton Nero D.IV (Evangiles de Lindisfarne) ; 700-800 ;
Descriptors :
Aldred, 10th c. ; Anglo-Saxon ; Art ; Colophons ; Dating ; Gospels ; Great Britain ; Insular art ; Lindisfarne Gospels ; London (GBR), British Library ; Manuscript illumination ; Manuscripts ; MS Cotton Nero D.IV (Lindisfarne Gospels) ; 700-800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Speculum, 2003, 78, 2, Apr
INIST identifier :
24908912 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0038-7134 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, MA
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;