Book/Printed Material The Rule of Saint Benedict, from the Abbey of Metten. Mettener Regel

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Title

  • The Rule of Saint Benedict, from the Abbey of Metten.

Other Title

  • Mettener Regel

Summary

  • Together with the Biblia pauperum (Paupers' Bible), Abbot Petrus I of the Benedictine Abbey of Metten in Bavaria commissioned another outstanding manuscript, known as the Mettener Regel (literally, The Metten Rule, referring to the rule of Saint Benedict as practiced at the Abbey of Metten) in both Latin and German versions. The abbot had the illuminators, whose style, as in the Biblia pauperum, shows signs of Bohemian influence, paint in color scenes from the life of Saint Benedict at the openings of the chapters. The model for the work was the verse life of Benedict by Pope Gregory the Great (circa 540--604), called the Bis-bini-Vita after its opening line. The variation in the backgrounds of the illustrations-in some cases landscape and in others ornamental-is noteworthy and heralds a fresh stylistic development. The sequence of illustrations was never completed: in the second part of the manuscript, some of the colored miniatures are half-finished or remain mere preparatory sketches. These unfinished works-in-progress offer interesting insights into the painting techniques of the workshop. The manuscript is at the Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany.

Names

  • Gregory I, Pope, circa 540-604 Associated Name.
  • Petrus I, Abbot of Metten Associated Name.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1414.

Headings

  • -  Germany--Bavaria--Metten
  • -  480 to 1414
  • -  Benedict, Saint, Abbot of Monte Cassino
  • -  Benedictines
  • -  Illuminations
  • -  Miniatures (Illuminations)

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "BSB shelfmark: Clm 8201 d"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 92 sheets, parchment : illustrations ; 35 x 25 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Bavarian State Library.
  • -  Content in German and Latin.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Illuminated Manuscripts from Europe

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667773

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Gregory I, Pope, Circa 540-604 Associated Name, and Abbot Of Metten Associated Name Petrus I. The Rule of Saint Benedict, from the Abbey of Metten. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1414] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667773/.

APA citation style:

Gregory I, P. & Petrus I, A. O. M. A. N. (1414) The Rule of Saint Benedict, from the Abbey of Metten. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667773/.

MLA citation style:

Gregory I, Pope, Circa 540-604 Associated Name, and Abbot Of Metten Associated Name Petrus I. The Rule of Saint Benedict, from the Abbey of Metten. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1414] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021667773/>.