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Latin Verse Inscriptions In Anglo-Saxon Art, Elizabeth Teviotdale Dec 1995

Latin Verse Inscriptions In Anglo-Saxon Art, Elizabeth Teviotdale

Elizabeth C Teviotdale

This article identifies the corpus of surviving Anglo-Saxon works of art with newly composed Latin verse inscriptions: 19 paintings and drawings in seven manuscripts, one carved stone, and one engraved portable altar. A significant flourishing of the practice of including verse in works of art is associated with the Benedictine monastic reform movement of the mid-10th century. The nature of the relationship, both denotative and spatial, between the inscriptions and the images they accompany is explored through the examination of selected representative examples. It is proposed that the Anglo-Saxons understood this poetry to be an essentially written and visual art ...