From the Body of the Dragon: Birth, Rebirth, and the Imagery of Saint Margaret of Antioch in the Luttrell Psalter Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Sclippa, Eva
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
  • The pages of the Luttrell Psalter are heavily decorated and display a wide variety of images, including scenes from the life of Christ, scenes of daily life in the fourteenth century, and hundreds of monsters and monstrous animals. These monsters significantly outnumber other forms of artwork in the margins of the psalter, taking a place of central importance in the manuscript. A common theme of bodily emergence imagery is apparent among the monsters, with humans that burst forth from animal or monstrous bodies, creatures that reveal inner creatures, and monsters that swallow and expel beings both human and non- human. I argue that this bodily emergence imagery is tied to Saint Margaret of Antioch, and through her, the Luttrell Psalter is connected to themes of birth and rebirth, two subjects of particular interest for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell, the patron of the manuscript.
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  • Verkerk, Dorothy
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