Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 2005
Book ID: 7
181 pages + preface | 12.25 x 8 inches | 23 color images
Annotations and Meditations on the Gospels, composed by Jerome Nadal (1507-80), St. Ignatius Loyola's closest collaborator in the early days of the Society of Jesus, was first published in Antwerp in 1595 (a second edition followed the same year, and a third edition in 1607). This book combined engravings portraying episodes from the Gospels executed by the premier Flemish engravers of the day with Nadal's explanatory notes and meditations on these episodes as depicted in the engravings, in order to help young Jesuit seminarians to meditate on the Gospels that they heard read at Sunday Mass. The impact of this book on the sacred art of the period after the Council of Trent was enormous not only in Europe, but also in the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
Jerome Nadal, S.J.
Translator Frederick A. Homann, S.J., is professor emeritus of mathematics at Saint Joseph's University. He is the translator of Ladislaus Lukacs, S.J., and Giuseppe Consentino, Church, Culture & Curriculum: Theology and Mathematics in the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum (Saint Joseph's University Press, 1999), to which he also contributed an introductory essay.
Walter S. Melion is professor and chair, Department of the History of Art, The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Shaping the Netherlandish Canon; Karel van Mander's "Schilder-Boeck" (University of Chicago Press, 1991).
"This is the second in a series of three volumes that present for the first time this work of Nadal in English translation. […] The beauty of the sixteen images is incredible […] these scenes are described with great originality. […] This second volume of the three that make up this series is, undoubtedly, a great contribution to making known to the immense Anglophone world the most important work of Fr. Jerome Nadal, S.J."
Fernando García Guitérrez, S.J., Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu
"Here, as in volume 1, Homann's translation seems smooth, accurate, and eminently readable. […] Melion's essays here and in Volume 1 are in some ways akin to Nadal's own writings. His often dense texts challenge his readers yet wonderfully reward their persistence with a wealth of insights about the brilliance of Nadal's vision and the complementary power of art to stimulate devotion. I eagerly await the publication of Volume 2."
Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Catholic Historical Review
"This first English translation of Jerome Nadal's Annotations and Meditations on the Gospels should attract the attention of researchers across a wide range of fields of Renaissance Studies. […] While the book's covers and illustrations as well as its high quality of production give it the appearance of a coffee-table book, it will also serve as an important primary source reference for many aspects of Renaissance Studies."
Mark A. Lewis, S.J., Renaissance Quarterly