Anglo-Saxon Gestures and the Roman Stage
Head of the History of Art Department and Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery C R Dodwell, C. R. Dodwell, Timothy Graham, Fellow of Trinity College and University Lecturer in Anglo-Saxon History Simon Keynes
Cambridge University Press, 2000 - Art - 171 pages
This 1999 book is concerned with the pictorial language of gesture revealed in Anglo-Saxon art, and its debt to classical Rome. Reginald Dodwell was an eminent art historian and former Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. In this, his last book, he notes a striking similarity of both form and meaning between Anglo-Saxon gestures and those in illustrated manuscripts of the plays of Terence. He presents evidence for dating the archetype of the Terence manuscripts to the mid-third century, and argues persuasively that their gestures reflect actual stage conventions. He identifies a repertory of eighteen Terentian gestures whose meaning can be ascertained from the dramatic contexts in which they occur, and conducts a detailed examination of the use of the gestures in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. The book, which is extensively illustrated, illuminates our understanding of the vigour of late Anglo-Saxon art and its ability to absorb and transpose continental influence.
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Page 168 - CHIROLOGIA : or the Naturall Language of the Hand. Composed of the Speaking Motions, and Discoursing Gestures thereof.
Page 168 - Chirologia: or the naturall language of the hand. Composed of the speaking motions, and discoursing gestures thereof. Whereunto is added Chironomia: or, the art of manuall rhetoricke. Consisting of the naturall expressions, digested by art in the hand, as the chiefest instrument of eloquence, by historicall manifesto's, exemplified out of the authentique registers of common life, and civill conversation. With types, or chyrograms : a long-wish'd for illustration of this argument.