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Title: The Master of the Passional of Abbess Cunegund : an exploration of style, iconography and nationality
Author: Vlček Schurr, J. S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 9349 6040
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2020
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The Passional of Abbess Cunegund, 1312-1314, stands alone in medieval Czech art, valued for its well-preserved, finely-executed Gothic illuminations. It is little known internationally, although its art reflects trends that developed beyond the borders of the Kingdom of Bohemia. This thesis, the first study on the subject in English, seeks to establish an artistic heritage for the illustrations, based on comparative study, critical analysis and close observation. The hypothesis presented here is that the art of the Passional is connected with work emerging from the Westminster painting workshops in the early years of the fourteenth century and that the artist imported English artistic traits that may be identified in the Prague, Passional illustrations. The relevance of historical events unfolding in the peri-production period, both in Prague and abroad, is also considered alongside the apparent influence of the manuscript’s remarkable patron, the abbess/princess Cunegund. The Passional and its protagonists are introduced together with a thorough description of the manuscript’s contents. The dating of the manuscript is addressed. This is followed by a systematic examination of the long-standing argument over whether or not the artist and scribe were separate individuals. The problematic stylistic relationship between the Passional illustrations and manuscript art of late-thirteenth/early-fourteenth-century Bohemia and its neighbours is then addressed. The iconography of the Passional is examined in detail, concentrating on its more individual aspects. Reasons are considered for certain iconographic inclusions paying careful attention to the relationship between images and various texts: not only the Passional treatises and rubric titles, but other relevant sources. The final chapter sets out evidence for the hypothesis, through a series of detailed artistic comparisons with contemporary English examples including from the De Lisle, Queen Mary and Fenland Psalters, and artwork in Westminster Abbey, before drawing a final conclusion.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: ND Painting