Cover design Cristina Neagu
Cover design Tom Costello
Cover design Cristina Neagu
Twelfth International Congress of
Neo-Latin Studies, Bonn
Internazionale di Studi Umanistici, Sassoferrato
2-5 iuglio 2008
'The ‘Lesser’ Dürer? Text and Imagein
Early-Modern Broadsheets' in The Perils of Print Culture: Book, Print
and Publishing History in Theory and Practice, edited by Eve Patten
and Jason McElligott (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), ISBN
This collection of essays illustrates various pressures and concerns -
both practical and theoretical - related to research in the
fast-developing terrain of print culture studies. I wrote Chapter 12: The
‘Lesser’ Dürer? Text and Image in Early-Modern Broadsheets When compared
to his achievements in the visual arts, Albrecht Dürer's literary output
may seem unimportant. However, not only did he cultivate various literary
genres with enthusiastic confidence, he also consciously integrated the
fluidity of written expression within the space of his pictorial and
graphic works. In fact, the interplay between image and written language
is one of the main features of Dürer's style. My intention was to explore
this comparatively little studied, but essential aspect of Albrecht
Dürer's work: his interest in language as an essential part of the image.
The main focus of this essay is a small and not very glamorous series of
broadsheets. Like any ephemeral printing (then as well as now) one tended
to read and dispose of the material, sometimes for no other reason than
the awkwardness of storage (books have always had a better fate than loose
leafs). Given their generally unexciting nature on the one hand, and their
scarcity on the other, broadsheets are not among critics’ favourites, but
their value in illuminating the complex interpretative issues surrounding
archiving and the visual to print relation is evident.
Other Worlds and Imaginary Beings: From
Medieval Illumination to 19th-Century Drawings, edited by Cristina
Neagu (Oxford, Christ Church, 2014) ISBN 9781872333618.
Monograph accompanying the exhibition at Christ Church Library (27
January-25 April 2014).Contains essays on 'Lewis Carroll, Medieval
monsters and Lord Mark Kerr' by Hector McDonnell and 'Fabulous Beings in
Manuscripts and Early Printed Books' by Cristina Neagu. Among the exhibits
on display were manuscripts, early printed books and sketches by Lewis
Carroll and Dean Liddell, as well as a drawing by John Tenniel and some
engravings. A selection of drawings by Vice-Admiral Lord Mark Kerr
(1778-1840) was also be on display on loan from the private collection of
Hector McDonnell. Lord Mark’s drawings of bizarre, otherworldly creatures
are of considerable significance, and are part of the foundations from
which modern cartoon characters derive. They have been very largely
ignored up to now, even though there are sets in various important public
collections, including the British Library and the Metropolitan Museum in
‘The Power of the Book and the Kingdom of
Hungary during the Fifteenth Century’, in Humanism in Fifteenth-Century
Europe, edited by David Rundle, Medium Aevum Monographs 30 (Oxford,
2012) ISBN 9780907570233.
This volume brings together a series of scholars to provide a stimulating
overview of Italian Renaissance humanism across Europe in the fifteenth
century. The ten chapters cover Italy (Stephen Milner), Greeks and
Renaissance Humanism (John Monfasani), the German-speaking lands (John L.
Flood), Poland (Jacqueline Glomski), Hungary (Cristina Neagu), Castile
(Jeremy Lawrance), France (Craig Taylor), Scotland (Thomas Rutledge),
England (Daniel Wakelin) and close with a thematic discussion of the
'Structures of Contacts' (David Rundle; this chapter is available for
download). In addition, there is a Biographical Appendix of the
quattrocento Italian humanists discussed in the volume (by Oren Margolis
and David Rundle). For further details, see
Servant of the Renaissance: The Poetry and
Prose of Nicolaus Olahus (Oxford,
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien: Peter Lang, 2003)
This book is the first full-length study of the poetry and prose of
Nicolaus Olahus (1493-1568), a central figure of Northern humanism. He was
also a much-admired diplomat and man of the church at the courts of Queen
Mary of Hungary and King Ferdinand. Although Olahus’s life and work are
relatively well documented, a significant part of his writings – including
his poetry – has not been subject to any previous critical study. The
texts Olahus composed suggest a special approach to language. He wrote as
a rhetorician, not just in the sense that he composed in an elegant style,
but also to persuade, delight, move and impel to action. This volume
discusses a Transylvanian author whose biography, beliefs and work reveal
important links with Erasmus and the humanism associated with the
Collegium Trilingue in Louvain. It offers new insights into how
Renaissance values were assimilated in Central Europe and combines an
examination of the main features characterizing Olahus’s literary style
with the presentation of an annotated text of his poetry. As a result,
Olahus re-emerges as a major humanist and Counter-Reformation writer,
alongside his better-known predecessor Janus Pannonius, and his renowned
protégé Joannes Sambucus.
Piotr Urbanski, 'Cristina Neagu, Servant of the Renaissance : The Poetry
and Prose of Nicolaus Olahus', book review in
(LVIII, 3:2005), 970-972.
Robert Lazu, 'Nicolaus Olahus la Oxford' [Nicolaus Olahus at Oxford],
Adevărul literar şi artistic (Bucureşti: 31 May: 2005), 14.
Tom Costello, Coloured Poems on Plain Paper (Oxford: Salegate
Press, 2012) ISBN 9781872333571.
The author's interests always lay in the realms of film, drama and poetry.
He established several film societies, poetry and jazz concerts and poetry
workshops.He is currently engaged in the development of experimental
photography (an attempt to do with a film camera what painters do with
brushes). He has to date mounted twelve one-man exhibitions of his art
work and founded the company PhotoPoetry.
For details, see TomCostelloCollection.com
'The Hungaria-Athila : Nicolaus Olahus’s formula of the orbis
loca and orbis gesta’, in
Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Bonnensis:
Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Neo-Latin
Bonn, 3-9 August 2003, general editor Rhoda Schnur
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006), 619-629.
ISBN 0866983600 / 9780866983600.
“Processus sub Forma Missae” and Nicolaus Olahus’
in Studi Umanistici
edited by Ferruccio Bertini, Stefano Trojani (Sassoferrato:
Istituto Internazionale di Studi Piceni, 2009),