Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Rinceau Design, the Minor Arts and the St. Louis Psalter
by Walsh, Suzanne C., M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011, 65; 1500752
Abstract (Summary)

The Saint Louis Psalter (Bibliothèque National MS Lat. 10525) is an unusual and intriguing manuscript. Created between 1250 and 1270, it is a prayer book designed for the private devotions of King Louis IX of France and features 78 illustrations of Old Testament scenes set in an ornate architectural setting. Surrounding these elements is a heavy, multicolored border that uses a repeating pattern of a leaf encircled by vines, called a rinceau. When compared to the complete corpus of mid-13 th century art, the Saint Louis Psalter's rinceau design has its origin outside the manuscript tradition, from architectural decoration and metalwork and not other manuscripts. This research aims to enhance our understanding of Gothic art and the interrelationship between various media of art and the creation of the complete artistic experience in the High Gothic period.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Folda, Jaroslav
Commitee: Douglas, Eduardo, Verkerk, Dorothy
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Art History
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 50/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, European Studies, Medieval history
Keywords: Decorative arts, Gothic art, Louis IX, Manuscript illustration, Medieval France, Saint Louis psalter
Publication Number: 1500752
ISBN: 978-1-124-94334-3
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