Medieval Manuscript Illuminations and Fashion Change Marie Botkin, Ph.D. MLIS Graduate Student Valdosta State University email@example.com
Fashions and Medieval Illuminations • Manuscript illuminations and sculpture provide the best visual sources of evidence for fashion changes in the Middle Ages.
Stylistic Changes in the 14th Century • According to Pinder, there are three chronological styles of illuminations in the 14th century. • ‘Manneristic’ style with a flat, graphic aesthetic • Three dimensional with use of shading for volume • Integrated style with use of both volume and line
Fashion Change in the Medieval Era • Many scholars claim the medieval era hosted the beginning of fashion • “...this change... transformed human beings from soft rounded creatures with a mobile surface into harsh, spare, attenuated insect-like things...” • Stella Mary Newton, 1980
Which came first? The graphic style Or the fashion?
References • Avril,François. Manuscript Painting at the Court of France : the Fourteenth Century, 1310‑1380. New York: Brazille, 1978. • McWebb, Christine. Reading the Roman de la Rose in Text and Image. http://margot.uwaterloo.ca/ROMAN/imagetab le .html (accessed December 1o,2009). • Newton, Stella Mary. Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince: A Study of the Years 1340‑1365. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1980. • Pinder, Wilhelm. Die KunstderErstenBurgerzeit. Frankfurt: Menck, 1956. • Porter, Pamela. Courtly Love in Medieval Manuscripts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.