Visual Studies in the Medieval Field: Flemish Book of Hours of Isabella the Catholic
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Visual Studies in the Medieval Field: Flemish Book of Hours of Isabella the Catholic
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Maria Smagar 
Affiliation: Lomonosov Moscow State University
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow

Nowadays it is impossible to study Flemish manuscripts, ignoring the various theoretical developments of the second half of the 20th century. Relative typicality of the verbal and visual content of Flemish illuminated books of hours with the approach proposed by us makes this type of source highly promising: using its material it is possible to investigate the stable forms and features of visuality rooted in the public perception of that time. Studying the handwritten page design, what is the interaction of the verbal and the visual in the holistic image of the book, etc., can bring us closer to understanding the vision of the world by a medieval person. An illuminated manuscript, in our case the Flemish Book of Hours of Isabella the Catholic, as a visual source, is a sociocultural phenomenon that not only reflects the already existing visual representations of the society of the 15th —16th centuries, but also brings up a new culture of vision, which captures the already existing social practices of the vision and forms new ones.

illuminated manuscripts, Book of Hours of Isabella the Catholic, visual turn, pictorial turn, devotional manuscripts, flemish manuscripts, anthropology of vision, visual culture
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