Online Course: Los manuscritos iluminados: historia, producción y descripción, 21 September – 2 October 2020

Please note that this course will be in Spanish.

Illuminated Manuscripts: History, Production and identification.

The course is designed as an introductory to the study of Illuminated Manuscripts from both theoretical and practical viewpoints. The relationship between text and image(s), the history of manuscripts production or the materials and techniques used by scribes and illuminators would be some of the topics of the course. Students will be introduced to the main developments in the history of the illuminated book and to the range of different types illuminated manuscripts: liturgical books, bibles, university books, private books of devotion and so on. Furthermore, they will develop a critical approach to the questions of patronage, function, audience, ownership and production as well as issues of style, meaning and literacy.  The course examines books made in Western Europe between the 4th and 16th centuries.

Furthermore, the course aims to develop the students approaches to databases and internet resources to study illuminated manuscripts providing them key tools to search and identify Digital Medieval Manuscripts. By the end of the course, students will be prepare to describe, present and catalogue medieval manuscripts using manuscript terminology.

The course is organized in 6 modules, divided in two weeks (3 by week). 5 hours by week.

The language of the course is Spanish.

More information can be found here.

Instructor: Dr. Marta Pavón Ramírez


Original Spanish Call for Applicants:

Online Course: Los manuscritos iluminados: historia, producción y descripción.

El curso es una introducción al estudio de los Manuscritos iluminados desde un punto de vista teórico y práctico. La relación texto e imagen, el ámbito de producción de los manuscritos, los materiales y técnicas utilizados por copistas e iluminadores así como sus métodos de trabajo, son algunos de los temas propuestos así como un recorrido por la historia de la miniatura, desde la antiguedad tardía hasta el Renacimiento, analizando en profundidad algunos manuscritos especialmente significativos.

Esta propuesta formativa busca dar a conocer las principales base de datos en línea y recursos en internet relativos al estudio de los manuscritos iluminados dando las claves para la localización e identificación de manuscritos digitalizados. Por último, abordaremos la descripción y catalogación de manuscritos, al igual que el uso de una terminología adecuada, instrumentos esenciales para elaborar políticas de conservación y difusión de nuestro rico patrimonio histórico y bibliográfico, tanto a nivel de usuario como de profesional de la información.

More information can be found here.

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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