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Picture Book Romance

A visit with Anne Rudloff Stanton, Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology

By Jessica Huang
Published: - Topics: art history queen marginalia psalms Old Testament

The Narrative in Pictures

Topics: marginalia psalter

The decorations in the first capital letter of each page, as well as those in the margins, tell a story, although this narrative is separate from the words on the page. Such images were more personal and, in Stanton’s opinion, more interesting. “I think it was the pictures that really were intended to pull Queen Isabella through those prayers,” Stanton says. In this way, these tiny images can inform historians about the relationship between vision and prayer.