The Mystic Ark : Hugh of Saint Victor, art, and thought in by of Saint-Victor Hugh; Rudolph, Conrad; of Saint-Victor Hugh,

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During this e-book, Conrad Rudolph stories and reconstructs Hugh of St. Victor's forty-two-page written paintings, The Mystic Ark, which describes the medieval portray of an identical identify. In medieval written assets, artworks usually are not usually spoke of, not to mention defined in any aspect. nearly thoroughly neglected through artwork historians end result of the enormous hassle of its textual content, Hugh of Saint Victor's Mystic Ark (c. 1125-1130) is one of the most original resources now we have for an knowing of medieval inventive tradition. Depicting all time, all area, all topic, all human historical past, and all non secular striving, this hugely polemical portray bargains with a chain of cultural matters an important within the schooling of society's elite in the course of one of many nice classes of highbrow swap in Western background

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Immediately preceding copies of the texts of The Moral Ark and The Mystic Ark, this miniature of 1190–1200 was apparently conceived of as Hugh teaching the Ark lectures. Oxford, Bodleian Library, ms Laud misc. 409:3v. Source: Reproduced by permission of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. While sometimes I may give some of the patristic precedents of Hugh’s writing in order to show his line of thought, his exegetical precedents, his claimed authority, the accumulative aspect of the Ark, and most certainly its direct impetus in the City of God, I never attempt to directly interpret the Ark through the writings of someone other than Hugh.

By the very nature of its being a reportatio, Hugh himself is indisputably the moral author of The Mystic Ark, even if the text, properly speaking, was put onto parchment by one of his students. But an absence of awareness of the reportatio nature of the text of The Mystic Ark has led, naturally enough, to a wide variety of misconceptions about its function, as well as about its relation to the other Ark texts and to the image itself. However, once the reportatio nature of The Mystic Ark is recognized, this confusion vanishes.

More sensitive still was the reform of cathedral chapters, whose traditions were, if anything, even older and more deeply ingrained. Canons regular (canonici regulares) – whether in independent houses 39 40 The Mystic Ark or as cathedral clergy – lived a communal life, under a rule (regula), observing voluntary poverty and holding property corporately. In practice, life in a house of canons regular was very similar to one of monks, whether an independent monastery or one attached to a cathedral, as was sometimes the case in England.

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