Carolingian Innovation and Observation in the Paintings and Star Catalogs of Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, Ms. 3307

Carolingian Innovation and Observation in the Paintings and Star Catalogs of Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, Ms. 3307

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In this dissertation, it is argued that three noteworthy projects intertwined and influenced the creation of the text and images in the Handbook of 809 and its copy in Madrid. First, the miniatures in Madrid hark back to classical pictorial prototypes. Second, Hrabanus Maurus in his De clericorum institutione Book III.25 underscored the need for young clerics to study the technical skills associated with astrology in order to reckon feasts and perform medical treatments accurately. The Madrid book is designed to make this possible. Third, the philosophical and theological texts of Isidore of Seville encouraged students of the liberal arts to recognize their place within the ordered cosmos. The great innovation of the Handbook of 809 as revealed by this analysis of the copy in Madrid was to recombine this Christian outlook with the classical scientific learning available in the ninth century.Actually, the definition of the likeness used in the Opus Caroli together with the two acceptable uses for pictures, which decorate and recall important events, offers a way to resolve the ontological dilemmas the constellation pictures faced.


Title:Carolingian Innovation and Observation in the Paintings and Star Catalogs of Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, Ms. 3307
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