Pedralbes Monastery, cloister (view 2)
ID
 
1
 
Sorting Title
 
Pedralbes Monastery, cloister (view 2)
 
Century
 
14th, 15th
 
Style Genre
 
Gothic
 
Original Location
 

Barcelona, Spain

 
Historical Context
 

The Cloister is three stories high, with twenty-six columns on each side, making it one of the largest cloisters in the world. The main level of the cloister was built in the fourteenth century, the second level was added in 1419, and the third later in the fifteenth century. The cloister garden was probably used to grow both medicinal plants and flowers that the nuns used to make bouquets for the celebration of holy days in Barcelona: roses, orange flowers and jasmine, among others. The monastery was declared a national historic and artistic monument in 1931. The ajuntament of Barcelona purchased the cloister from the nuns in 1972, building them a new cloister nearby, and converting the old cloister into a museum.

 
Current Repository
 

Pedralbes Monastery,Barcelona, Spain

 
Photo Credit
 
Marie Kelleher
 
La Sainte Abbaye, f. 1v
ID
 
2
 
Creator
 
Unknown, though there appears to be two different hands.
 
Creator Role
 
Devotional Manuscript
 
Sorting Title
 
La Sainte Abbaye
 
Subject
 

Ideal State of La Sainte Abbaye. In centre, God in mandorla, blessing, and holding an orb, with the Holy Spirit above, and the Paschal Lamb below. Either side, the Virgin and St Peter; and in the corners, the Evangelists' symbols, and seraphs and angels holding rolls. Below; a tower with battlements and elaborate ironwork. On left, Mistress of the Novices with birch rod, and two novices. On right; the abbess and a nun kneel, looking up at the Lamb. For more information, see ">http://www.imagesonline.bl.uk/britishlibrary/controller/subjectidsearch?... British Library

 
Creation Date
 
1290-1295
 
Century
 
13th
 
Style Genre
 
Medieval Illuminated Manuscript
 
Measurements
 
10" x 7 1/4"
 
Format Medium
 

Vellum; Painting on vellum

 
Original Location
 

Executed in France, Paris or Maubuisson?

 
Historical Context
 

The contents of this manuscript include: (1) Treatise without title, beg. "La sainte abbaie et la religion doit estre fondee esperituelment," ends "et einsi sera labbaie ordenee et renformee comme deuant." (2) Treatise on the Love of God. (3) Treatise on the state of the soul. (4) Anonymous translation of the Traetatus de Tribulatione, doubtfully ascribed to Peter of Blois.

 
Related Work
 

Originally a part of the volume MS. 28162, which contains La Somme le Roy.

 
Provenance
 

The signature "Jacques" (16th century) appears in the manuscript (ff. 1,6,29,52 as in 28162) but this owner has not been identified. Subsequent owners: "P. Ponin, presbitere," 16th century (MS. 28162, f. 2); "Peyrat," 17th cent. (ibid. ff. 1, 146).

 
Descriptive Notes
 

Double columns of 28 lines, gatherings of 8 leaves. There are four full pages of miniatures, the fourth page is attributed to a second artist who appears to have also authored MS. 28162. Information for this page was obtained from MS Ref. 18.B.3 vol. 16, #39843 of the British Museum Manuscript Catalogue.

 
Current Repository
 

The British Library,London

 
Repository Number
 
Yates Thompson MS. 11, f. 1v
 
Copyright
 
British Library
 
Statement
 

Reproduced with the permission of the British Library.

 
Expires
 
June 2003
 
Image of La Sainte Abbaye, f. 1v.
La Sainte Abbaye, f. 29v
ID
 
3
 
Creator
 
Unknown, though there appears to be two different hands.
 
Creator Role
 
Devotional Manuscript
 
Sorting Title
 
La Sainte Abbaye
 
Subject
 

Confession and prayer.

 
Creation Date
 
1290-1295
 
Century
 
13th
 
Style Genre
 
Medieval Illuminated Manuscript
 
Measurements
 
10" x 7 1/4"
 
Format Medium
 

Vellum; Painting on Vellum

 
Original Location
 

Executed in France, Paris or Maubuisson?

 
Historical Context
 

The contents of this manuscript include: (1) Treatise without title, beg. "La sainte abbaie et la religion doit estre fondee esperituelment," ends "et einsi sera labbaie ordenee et renformee comme deuant." (2) Treatise on the Love of God.(3) Treatise on the state of the soul. (4) Anonymous translation of the Traetatus de Tribulatione, doubtfully ascribed to Peter of Blois.

 
Related Work
 

Originally a part of the volume MS. 28162, which contains La Somme le Roy.

 
Provenance
 

The signature "Jacques" (16th century) appears in the manuscript (ff. 1,6,29,52 as in 28162) but this owner has not been identified. Subsequent owners: "P. Ponin, presbitere," 16th century (MS. 28162, f. 2); "Peyrat," 17th cent. (ibid. ff. 1, 146);

 
Descriptive Notes
 

Double columns of 28 lines, gatherings of 8 leaves. There are four full pages of miniatures, the fourth page is attributed to a second artist who appears to have also authored MS. 28162. Information for this page was obtained from MS Ref. 18.B.3 vol. 16, #39843 of the British Museum Manuscript Catalogue.

 
Current Repository
 

The British Library,London

 
Repository Number
 
Yates Thompson MS. 11, f. 29v
 
Copyright
 
British Library
 
Statement
 

Reproduced with the permission of the British Library.

 
Expires
 
June 2003
 
Image of La Sainte Abbaye, f. 29v.
La Sainte Abbaye, f. 52v
ID
 
4
 
Creator
 
Unknown, though there appears to be two different hands.
 
Creator Role
 
Devotional Manuscript
 
Sorting Title
 
La Sainte Abbaye
 
Subject
 

Jesus and Apostles.

 
Creation Date
 
1290-1295
 
Century
 
13th
 
Style Genre
 
Medieval Illuminated Manuscript
 
Measurements
 
10" x 7 1/4"
 
Format Medium
 

Vellum; Painting on Vellum

 
Original Location
 

Executed in France, Paris or Maubuisson?

 
Historical Context
 

The contents of this manuscript include: (1) Treatise without title, beg. "La sainte abbaie et la religion doit estre fondee esperituelment," ends "et einsi sera labbaie ordenee et renformee comme deuant." (2) Treatise on the Love of God. (3) Treatise on the state of the soul. (4) Anonymous translation of the Traetatus de Tribulatione, doubtfully ascribed to Peter of Blois.

 
Related Work
 

Originally a part of the volume MS. 28162, which contains La Somme le Roy.

 
Provenance
 

The signature "Jacques" (16th century) appears in the manuscript (ff. 1,6,29,52 as in 28162) but this owner has not been identified. Subsequent owners: "P. Ponin, presbitere," 16th century (MS. 28162, f. 2);"Peyrat," 17th cent. (ibid. ff. 1, 146).

 
Descriptive Notes
 

Double columns of 28 lines, gatherings of 8 leaves. There are four full pages of miniatures, the fourth page is attributed to a second artist who appears to have also authored MS. 28162. Information for this page was obtained from MS Ref. 18.B.3 vol. 16, #39843 of the British Museum Manuscript Catalogue.

 
Current Repository
 

The British Library,London

 
Repository Number
 
Yates Thompson MS. 11, f. 52v
 
Copyright
 
British Library
 
Statement
 

Reproduced with the permission of the British Library.

 
Expires
 
June 2003
 
Image of La Sainte Abbaye, f. 52v.
La Sainte Abbaye, f. 6v
ID
 
9
 
Creator
 
Unknown, though there appears to be two different hands.
 
Sorting Title
 
La Sainte Abbaye
 
Subject
 

A mass and a procession. Above, a Mass attended by officers of a nunnery inside a church. On the right, a priest, in chasuble, at the altar, with deacon, abbess with book and crozier, and nuns, including the sacristan pulling the bell ropes. Below, a procession led by a clerk carrying a processional cross, followed by a priest, nuns, two with open books, and the abbess with book and crozier. For more information, see ">http://www.imagesonline.bl.uk/britishlibrary/controller/textsearch?text=... British Library.

 
Creation Date
 
1290-1295
 
Century
 
13th
 
Style Genre
 
Medieval Illuminated Manuscript
 
Measurements
 
10" x 7 1/4"
 
Format Medium
 

Painting on vellum

 
Original Location
 

Executed in France, Paris or Maubuisson?

 
Historical Context
 

The contents of this manuscript include: (1) Treatise without title, beg. "La sainte abbaie et la religion doit estre fondee esperituelment," ends "et einsi sera labbaie ordenee et renformee comme deuant." (2) Treatise on the Love of God. (3) Treatise on the state of the soul. (4) Anonymous translation of the Traetatus de Tribulatione, doubtfully ascribed to Peter of Blois.

 
Related Work
 

Originally a part of the volume MS. 28162, which contains La Somme le Roy.

 
Provenance
 

The signature "Jacques" (16th century) appears in the manuscript (ff. 1,6,29,52 as in 28162) but this owner has not been identified. Subsequent owners: "P. Ponin, presbitere," 16th century (MS. 28162, f. 2); "Peyrat," 17th cent. (ibid. ff. 1, 146).

 
Descriptive Notes
 

Double columns of 28 lines, gatherings of 8 leaves. There are four full pages of miniatures, the fourth page is attributed to a second artist who appears to have also authored MS. 28162.

 
Current Repository
 

The British Library,London

 
Repository Number
 
Yates Thompson MS.11, f. 6v
 
Copyright
 
British Library
 
Statement
 

Reproduced with the permission of the British Library.

 
Image of La Sainte Abbaye, f. 6v.
Clonmacnois, Nun's Church, chancel arch, capital
ID
 
15
 
Sorting Title
 
Clonmacnois, Nun's Church, chancel arch, capital
 
Subject
 

The moulding on the voussoirs depict animal or bird heads. Some of these heads protrude from sculpted jaws also set into the moulding and are often compared to the decoration on the fourth arch on the [Clonfert Door].

 
Creation Date
 
1026, rebuilt 1167
 
Century
 
11th, 12th
 
Style Genre
 
Romanesque
 
Specific Location
 

Nun's church, interior, chancel arch

 
Patrons and Others
 

Derbforgaill, daughter of Murchadh Ua Mael Sechlainn, sister of Agnes (Abbess of Clonard).

 
Descriptive Notes
 

Alternate names of Clonmacnois include Riaghtalta Kailleach, Kelbyguneth, and Kelbygmieth

 
Photo Credit
 
Peter C. Mancall
 
Image of Clonmacnois, Nun's Church, chancel arch, capital.
Clonmacnois, Nuns' Church, chancel arch, detail
ID
 
16
 
Community
  
Sorting Title
 
Clonmacnois, Nuns' Church, chancel arch, detail
 
Subject
 

Typically Irish Romanesque head with abstract designs

 
Creation Date
 
1026, Rebuilt 1167
 
Century
 
11th, 12th
 
Specific Location
 

Nun's church interio, chancel arch, detail

 
Patrons and Others
 

Dearbhfhorghaill, daughter of Murchad O Maelseachlainn, wife of Tighernan O Ruairc, mistress (?) of Diarmaid Mac Murchadha.

 
Descriptive Notes
 

Alternate names of Clonmacnois include Riaghtalta Kailleach, Kelbyguneth, and Kelbygmieth.

 
Photo Credit
 
Peter Mancall
 
Image of Clonmacnois, Nuns' Church, chancel arch, detail.
Clonmacnois, Nuns' Church, exterior doorway
ID
 
18
 
Community
  
Sorting Title
 
Clonmacnois, Nuns' Church, exterior doorway
 
Creation Date
 
1026, Rebuilt 1167
 
Century
 
11th, 12th
 
Style Genre
 
Romanesque
 
Specific Location
 

Exterior view, west doorway

 
Patrons and Others
 

Dearbhfhorghaill, Daughter of Murchad O Maelseachlainn, sister of Agnes (Abbess of Clonard), wife of Tighernan O Ruairc, mistress (?) of Diarmaid Mac Murchadha.

 
Related Work
  
Descriptive Notes
 

Alternate names of nuns' church at Clonmacnois include Riaghtalta Kailleach, Kelbyguneth, and Kelbygmieth.

 
Photo Credit
 
Peter C. Mancall
 
Image of Clonmacnois, Nuns' Church, exterior doorway.
Clonmacnois, Cathedral, exterior doorway
ID
 
19
 
Community
  
Additional Creators
 
Odo (d. 1485), Dean of Clonmacnois, patron
 
Sorting Title
 
Clonmacnois, Cathedral, exterior doorway
 
Subject
 

Arch (called now the Whispering Arch)of north door of romanesque church with later medieval plaques depicting three figures, St. Patrick, St. Dominic, St. Francis of Assisi; four smaller figures of the evangelists.

 
Century
 
11th, 15th
 
Style Genre
 
Romanesque (church); Gothic (carving)
 
Original Location
 

Clonmacnois, Ireland

 
Specific Location
 

Exterior view, north doorway

 
Historical Context
 

This is the main church at Clonmacnois, which would have been shared by nuns of adjacent community on special occasions. According to Gilchrist, The Archaeology of Mediaeval English Nunneries women normally entered British and Irish churches via the north door.

 
Photo Credit
 
Peter Mancall
 
Image of Clonmacnois, Cathedral, exterior doorway .
Clonmacnois, Nuns' Church, chancel arch, detail
ID
 
21
 
Community
  
Sorting Title
 
Clonmacnois, Nuns' Church, chancel arch, detail
 
Subject
 

Romanesque carving on chancel arch. According to Irish Churches and Monastic Buildings, the ornamental motifs at Clonmacnois are derived from a variety of sources including Classical Greek and Roman ornament, which may have influenced Irish masons' application of the palmette and fret design as well as unusual foliage and floral patterns, and the chevrons at the Nuns' Church. Leask points to Celtic art as the likely origin of abstract interlocking patterns on the archway. While Scandinavia contains abundant examples of bird and beast interlace, the interlocking rings at Clonmacnois are found throughout Northwest Europe in Normandy, Britian and Ireland. This particular pattern is called Ribbon Moulding because of the zig-zag shape of the [chevron]. Acrobat figure on chancel arch is related to similar early figures in French architecture as well as later Irish sheela-na-gigs.

 
Creation Date
 
1026, rebuilt 1167
 
Century
 
11th, 12th
 
Specific Location
 

Interior, chancel arch, detail

 
Patrons and Others
 

Dearbhfhorghaill, daughter of Murchadh O Maelseachlainn, wife of Tighernan O Ruairc, mistress (?) of Diarmaid Mac Murchadha.

 
Descriptive Notes
 

Alternate names of Nuns' church at Clonmacnois include Riaghtalta Kailleach, Kelbyguneth, and Kelbygmieth.

 
Photo Credit
 
Peter Mancall
 
Image of Clonmacnois, Nuns' Church, chancel arch, detail.

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