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Perikopenbuches von St. Peter (mid-12th century [2015])

The Bowes Art & Architecture Library will have an Art Locked Stack Open House on:

  • Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 5, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Library will have dozens of titles available for viewing on the history and practice of art, architecture, and design of many periods and regions. Please come during either of the two hour periods we have scheduled for this event.

This brief annotated listing of titles below provides you with a sense of the range and type of materials we’ll have out for your viewing – but there will be so much more waiting for you to examine, including:

  • two 19th century French drawing manuals,
  • a group of four small books with original prints (etchings by André Masson, 1927; lithographs by Jind?ich Štyrsky?, 1929; drypoints by Wols, 1948; lithographs by Max Ernst, 1950),
  • a complete set of Christian Zervos’s Les Arts de la Maison (1923-1926),
  • Bauhaus books,
  • journals (including View, 1940-1947),
  • two early Edward Hopper publications (one with a Hopper inscription),
  • photography portfolios from RISD (seven portfolios form 1966/1967 - 1979),
  • more illuminated manuscript facsimiles,
  • more artists’ books,
  • and more.

Looking forward to seeing you! Clean hands, please!

1. Perikopenbuches von St. Peter (mid-12th century [2015]).

One of our most recent illuminated manuscript facsimile acquisitions, the Perikopenbuch von St. Erentrud gets its title from the Benedictine convent of St Erentrud in Salzburg where it was held from the 13th or 14th century onward until its current location in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek of Munich (Clm 15903). But its provenance is more likely the scriptorium of the Benedictine convent of St. Peters, also in the Salzburg area.
Perikopenbuches von St. Peter (mid-12th century [2015])

The book type is known as a Gospel Pericopes (or Pericope Sections) and contains excerpts from the gospels selected to be read on certain Sundays and feast days of the ecclesiastical year. Out of the seventy-one gospel extracts in the volume, no less than fifty-five are introduced by their own dedicated miniature. Illuminated manuscript facsimiles are heavily used in by Medieval and Byzantine classes, affording Stanford students the unique opportunity of an artefactual experience in the absence of the original manuscript.

Art & Architecture Library (Bowes) - Locked stacks (Medium): Ask at circulation desk (no call number – In process) Bookmark: SearchWorks.

2. Andrea Palladio. I Qvattro libri dell'architettvra (1768).

This rare, almost facsimile reprint of Palladio’s 1570 I Quattro Libri was published by the British Consul in Venice, Joseph Smith. As such, this version of Palladio’s seminal text is an excellenmarker of the 18th century Palladian revival and indicates the ongoing vitality of Palladianism throughout Europe.

Andrea Palladio. I Qvattro libri dell'architettvra (1768).

With 218 copper engravings (the original 1570, also published in Venice, was illustrated from wood blocks), our copy is exceedingly clean and bright, and with its perfect contemporary vellum binding one can almost imagine it was delivered to our hands directly from an 18th century Venetian book seller.

Art & Architecture Library (Bowes) - Locked stacks (Medium): Ask at circulation desk NA2515 .P25 1768 Bookmark: SearchWorks.

3. Jean Barbault. Vues des plus beaux restes des antiquités romaines, telles qu'elles subsistent encore à Rome et en divers endroits de l'Italie gravées par d'habiles maîtres en 120 planches (1775).

3. Jean Barbault. Vues des plus beaux restes des antiquités romaines, telles qu'elles subsistent encore à Rome et en divers endroits de l'Italie gravées par d'habiles maîtres en 120 planches (1775).

Although Barbault (1718-1762) failed to win the Prix de Rome, he journeyed to Rome at his own expense in 1747 and became part of the circle around Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Following Barbault’s death, engravings by Domenico Montaigù and others were made after Barbault’s drawings and published in a number of works, including Vues des plus beaux restes des antiquités romaines, with 119 engravings on 76 plates. Recently we also acquired Venuti’s Accurata, e succinta descrizione topografica e istorica di Roma moderna (1767), the Villa Borghese fuori di Porta Pinciana (1700), and Dupuis’s Nouveau traité des cinq ordres d'architecture tant ancien que moderne (1766) as we expand our collections pertaining to Rome, Italian architecture, and the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Art & Architecture Library (Bowes) - Locked stacks (Large): Ask at circulation desk DG805 .B35 1775 FF Bookmark: SearchWorks.

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