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Newton: The Making of Genius (review)

Newton: The Making of Genius (review) 07-reviews (Bio 26-3) 9/4/03 8:23 AM Page 471 Reviews 471 illustration cycles she covers in her book range widely by date of production and “type” of saint. She concentrates upon several “focus” examples in each of her chapters in order to fully explicate her themes and thematic types, while also taking care to explain that illustrated libelli manuscripts indeed represent a highly specific and specialized genre of hagiographic text and sequential narrative image production during the Middle Ages. Her discus- sion also expands to mention some hagiographic pictorial narrative cycles in other media, such as metalwork shrines and reliquaries, and she concludes with a very brief discussion of perhaps a “more public form of narrative” (326), as seen in stained glass and wall painting. Hahn discusses or mentions a total of twenty some manuscripts, and provides a useful updated appendix briefly listing these manuscripts by date and contents. The book is enriched with 149 black and white illustrations in the text, and eight color plates. Her series of comparisons of pictorial topoi in groups of manuscripts dedicated to specific genres of saints, and her analy- sis of images to see “how they attempt to manipulate the response of their http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Newton: The Making of Genius (review)

Biography , Volume 26 (3) – Oct 30, 2003

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2003 Biographical Research Center.
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0162-4962
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1529-1456

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07-reviews (Bio 26-3) 9/4/03 8:23 AM Page 471 Reviews 471 illustration cycles she covers in her book range widely by date of production and “type” of saint. She concentrates upon several “focus” examples in each of her chapters in order to fully explicate her themes and thematic types, while also taking care to explain that illustrated libelli manuscripts indeed represent a highly specific and specialized genre of hagiographic text and sequential narrative image production during the Middle Ages. Her discus- sion also expands to mention some hagiographic pictorial narrative cycles in other media, such as metalwork shrines and reliquaries, and she concludes with a very brief discussion of perhaps a “more public form of narrative” (326), as seen in stained glass and wall painting. Hahn discusses or mentions a total of twenty some manuscripts, and provides a useful updated appendix briefly listing these manuscripts by date and contents. The book is enriched with 149 black and white illustrations in the text, and eight color plates. Her series of comparisons of pictorial topoi in groups of manuscripts dedicated to specific genres of saints, and her analy- sis of images to see “how they attempt to manipulate the response of their

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BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 30, 2003

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