Elizabeth C. Teviotdale
The Stammheim Missal is one of the most visually dazzling and theologically ambitious works of German Romanesque art. Containing the text recited by the priest and the chants sung by the choir at mass, the manuscript was produced in Lower Saxony, probably in the 1170s at Saint Michael's Abbey at Hildesheim.
This book features color reproductions of all of the manuscript's major decoration. The author surveys the manuscript, its illumination, and the circumstances surrounding its creation, then explores the traditions of the illumination of mass books and the representation of Jewish scripture in Christian art. She then considers the iconography of the manuscript's full-page miniatures, identifies and translates many of its numerous Latin inscriptions, and finally considers the missal's pictoral program as a whole.
Elizabeth C. Teviotdale is a former associate curator of manuscripts at the Getty Museum.