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The Luttrell Psalter is one of the most famous manuscripts from medieval England because of the images that decorate the margins of its pages. What makes the Luttrell Psalter unique is that it is richly illustrated with depictions of everyday life in rural England in the first half of the 14th century. Acquired by. The Luttrell Psalter was written and illustrated circa – by anonymous scribes and artists. It was commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell.

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Lucy Sandler [5] prefers to date the creation around —30 because the styles are similar to the other manuscripts of that time. For a more detailed account, see Alfred Noyes. Because the identities of the artists are unknown, they are referred to in reference to their style, e.

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Luttrell Psalter

The Luttrell Psalter was created in England sometime between andhaving been commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrelllord of the manor of Irnham in Lincolnshire. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Uses of Wikidata Infobox. Outtrell using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Handmade endpapers from the Fabriano mill.

Its style has many highlights and shadowing on the human figures, and its modelling of the human figure is more pronounced, muscular, and more life-like. Wrestlers, bear baiters, dancers, musicians, a bishop with a dog that jumps through the hoop, a woman beating her husband with a spinning rod, and two men slinging a hammock are all scenes visible in the text of the Psalms.


The pictorial embellishment of the Psalter shows that the illuminators were artists of vivid perception, strong imaginative faculty, ingenuity and a keen sense of humour, and were closely in touch with the full-bodied homely, racy English life of the period – husbandry, the chase, the use of arms, devotion, domestic, and industrial occupations.

Retrieved from ” https: One master artist completed a large section including the lavish dedication miniature showing the Psalter’s patron, Sir Geoffrey Luttrell, fully armed and mounted on a splendid war-horse.

His technique is very similar to the style used in most of the East Anglian manuscripts of the period. Orality and Musical Symbolism in the Luttrell Psalter”.

The Luttrell Psalter – Introduction

To be able to interpret these images you need to be aware of the symbolism of visual political satire in the Middle Ages. On pageat the end of Psalm cviii.

Consequently, to fully understand why an image appears where it does in the Psalter, you need to know these three languages very well.

This technique required a pen on which the nib is cut at an especially oblique angle, a “strange pen”. The Luttrell Psalter represents a masterpiece of English illumination, and the decoration of the codex is remarkable for the exquisitely detailed miniatures of everyday life.

Psalm 26 27 ; Thomas Becket – Luttrell Psalter c. He took more notice of human form and posture in his drawings. The second Luttrell artist, “the Colourist”, often drew images that were more sculptural and modelled by light and shade. With him in this picture are his wife Agnes Sutton and his daughter-in-law Beatrice Scrope.


Visual depictions of music-making form a large part of the Luttrell Psalter’s iconography.

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Luttrell PsalterTime12 August Luttrell, a wealthy land owner, felt his death was coming and wanted to account for all his actions, as is stated in the colophon of the psalter. The miniature of Sir Geoffrey Luttrell mounted on the horse wearing full armour beside his wife and daughter-in-law is a very powerful image in the Luttrell Psalter. It is considered one of the richest sources for visual depictions of everyday rural life in medieval England [1]even though the last folio is now lost.

British Library additional manuscripts. Binding design using motifs from the Psalter and the Luttrell coat of arms of six martlets argent.

Two men threshing sheaf – Luttrell Psalter c. Two knights Jousting – Luttrell Psalter c. Views Read Edit View history. The manuscript displays portraits of fashionable nobleman probably featuring the family that pxalter the manuscript. The binding by Smith Settle of Otley is in Nigerian goatskin leather blocked with a design by David Eccles using gold, silver and colored foils.