Wolfenbuttel Sachsenspiegel: a codicological and pictorial examination of a mnemonic morror

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Publication Type thesis
School or College Master of Arts
Department Art/Art History
Creator Joyner, Daniell Beth
Title Wolfenbuttel Sachsenspiegel: a codicological and pictorial examination of a mnemonic morror
Date 1998-08
Description The Wolfenbiittel Sachsenspiegel is a fourteenth-century German lawbook containing the territorial and feudal laws of Saxony. Its pages display two columns with the legal text on the right and the multi-colored images on the left. In this study I explore how the images supplemented the text, and I argue that they provided a mnemonic function for the reader. The study begins with a codicological analysis of the manuscript, examining the physical evidence of the book's production and concluding that several hands in a workshop setting contributed to its production. It continues with a critical analysis of several studies which explore text-image relationships in the Wolfenbiittel Sachsenspiegel, the iconography of the images, and their relation to oral traditions and other literary genres. Building upon these theories, I suggest that the images provided a mnemonic function. An exploration of the historical context for this manuscript provides the supporting evidence for this theory. I discuss the possible identities of the patron of the book and examine the importance and prevalence of memory in fourteenth-century Europe to establish the background, and I conclude with an interpretation of the Wolfenbiittel Sachsenspiegel's design and images in the light of mnemonic methods and technics.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Alternate Title Master of Fine Arts
Language eng
Rights Management (c)Danielle Beth Joyner
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 24,648 bytes
Identifier ir-mfa/id/167
ARK ark:/87278/s6739x1r
Setname ir_mfafp
Date Created 2016-09-01
Date Modified 2016-09-15
ID 215088
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6739x1r
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