Given that I am currently at the family seat, and have just finished watching Brave, today’s Victorian Vendredi will out of necessity have a Scottish flavour. Queen Victoria herself, as any self-respecting fan of Dr Who, lycanthropy-themed episodes in particular, will know, greatly enjoyed her holidays at Balmoral Castle, describing it in her diaries as “my dear paradise in the Highlands”. But I don’t plan to speak of royal pursuits today, nor of the interference of time-travellers in said pursuits. (more…)
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Posted in Arts and Culture, Librarianship, Music and Audiobooks, Victorian Studies, tagged Britannia Panopticon, Dan Hillier, Glasgow University Library Special Collections, Harry Lauder, Scottish Theatre Archive, Special Collections, Stan Laurel, Victorian music halls, Victorian Vendredis, Wilton's Music Hall on August 17, 2013| 2 Comments »
Posted in Arts and Culture, Medieval studies, tagged Eagles, Glasgow University Library Special Collections, Isidore of Seville, Medieval Mondays, Phoenixes, Rare Books, Special Collections, Summer, Sun, The Aberdeen Bestiary on July 22, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Arts and Culture, Medieval studies, tagged Elizabeth of Schönau, Glasgow University Library Special Collections, Honorius of Autun, Hunterian Psalter, Rare Books, Special Collections, The Assumption, The Virgin Mary on July 16, 2013| Leave a Comment »
… when it’s being taken up to Heaven. In last week’s Mid-Week Museum post, I exhibited some images of souls being taken to Heaven. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable to presume that most of my readers will have seen images of Jesus and Mary being taken up to Heaven, body and soul; many such images appear in medieval art contemporary with the aforementioned images of mortal souls. But I never expected to see the following portrayal of Mary’s Assumption:
I’ve never seen an image of the Assumption which shows Mary’s body wrapped in bandages, thus reinforcing the fact of her death. I concluded that the purpose of the choice of garb was to reinforce the miraculous aspect of her being taken into Heaven body and soul, which in Catholic theology only occurs on this occasion and at the Ascension of Jesus. The virtual exhibition of the Hunterian Psalter backs up my assertion, and goes further.
The question as to whether Mary was assumed bodily and reunited with her soul in heaven, or body and soul together, was a subject of intense theological debate in the Twelfth Century. This image, which unambiguously depicts the bearing aloft of a corpse, may form part of the polemic. It has been linked to a vision experienced by a twelfth-century German Benedictine nun, Elizabeth of Schönau (d. 1164), and also to the writings of Honorius of Autun (d. c.1156).
The exhibition also states that this is the only iconographical representation of the Virgin enshrouded. I am planning to read up on Elizabeth of Schönau and Honorius of Autun, but if you know of any other interesting depictions of the Assumption, I’d love to hear more about it.
Posted in Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Medieval studies, Victorian Studies, tagged BAVS, Bloggers, Burrell Collection, Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles, Empress Eugénie, Eugène Louis Boudin, Gesture, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow University Library Special Collections, Musée Condé, Pre-Raphaelites, The Victorian Tactile Imagination, Touch, Victorian Vendredis, Wilkie Collins on June 28, 2013| Leave a Comment »
You can compare the tactility, or lack of same, of your imagination, to that of the Victorians at Birkbeck (University of London) on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July, at the conference currently (and for evermore) known as The Victorian Tactile Imagination.
“You people who can see attach such an absurd importance to your eyes! I set my touch, my dear, against your eyes, as much the most trustworthy, and much the most intelligent sense of the two”. (Wilkie Collins, Poor Miss Finch, 1872)
Posted in Academia and Research, Librarianship, tagged Aragonese Royal Library, Glasgow Incunabula Project, Glasgow University Library Special Collections, Special Collections, William Hunter on April 17, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Until such time as life calms down – next week – and I can properly write up the rest of my account of all things AAH2013, I have decided to publicise the work of some of my favourite libraries and projects. Today, it’s the turn of the Glasgow Incunabula Project, from Glasgow University Library’s Special Collections department.
Our beautifully preserved copy of the anonymous Fiore novello estratto dalla Bibbia is one of those satisfying books where we can (unusually!) trace the provenance back to the 15th century. Its decorated opening page incorporates the coat of arms of its first owner, the Aragonese Kingdom of Naples.
The book – a rendition of Bible stories in Italian – was produced by an unknown printer, probably in Venice. Our copy first resided in Naples, where the Aragonese Royal Library was situated. This library of over 1000 volumes was confiscated, along with other cultural treasures, by Charles VIII of France (1470-1498) in 1495 following his invasion of Naples. The books were initially moved to the residence of his consort, Anne of Brittany, at Amboise in France, and our book still bears the numbering that was given to it at this time on its final leaf (“xxxiij”).
The confiscated library continued its jaunt around France in the…
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Posted in Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Librarianship, Technology, tagged A.S.Hartrick, ARLIS, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Enid Marx, Eric Gill, F.E. Jackson, Film posters, GIMP, Glasgow University Library Special Collections, Hussein Chalayan, Joyce Clissold, Lithography, May Morris, Open access, Open source, Photoshop, Pinterest, Pre-Raphaelites, RFID, Sangorski and Sutcliffe, Sotheby's Institute of Art, The World of Chaucer, User education, web design, William Morris on February 17, 2013| 2 Comments »
Posted in About me, Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Blogging projects, Librarianship, tagged #Reverb12, Christmas with the Poets, Etiquette, Glasgow University Library Special Collections, Henry Vitzelly, In Memoriam, Introvertism, Jess Fink, PhD, Public speaking, Tennyson on December 23, 2012| 2 Comments »