Why Put Artwork All Over Your Document? Querying Illuminated Charters

Why would you want to insert penworked letters, gold-leaf and illuminations on your legal document: company statues, a contract, a grant of land or even an indulgence? This may seem like a waste of time in the modern business context, but in the medieval culture visuals carried their own significance. The messages could be multiple.Continue reading “Why Put Artwork All Over Your Document? Querying Illuminated Charters”

#OTD: St Gregory the Great is Elected as Pope

#OTD: St Gregory the Great is Elected as Pope St Gregory, Miracles Stories, and the Circulation of Late Medieval Imagery On this day in 590, Gregory, the son of a Roman senator, was elected as Pope at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Often called Gregory the Great because of his many influential writings and liturgicalContinue reading “#OTD: St Gregory the Great is Elected as Pope”

Lecture: Murray Seminar at Birkbeck, London (27 June 18)

Gold Against the Body: Gold Surfaces and Their Limits, Medieval to Early Modern Alison Wright, UCL 5:00pm, 43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD For the last Murray Seminar of the year, Alison Wright of UCL presents a paper entitled Gold against the Body:  gold surfaces and their limits, medieval to early modern.  The myth, famously invoked inContinue reading “Lecture: Murray Seminar at Birkbeck, London (27 June 18)”

Conference: Illuminating the Dark Ages Manuscript Art and Knowledge in the Early Medieval World

  PROGRAMME Thursday 28th of June 11.00    Reception, talks, and manuscript display at the University Library’s   Centre for Research Collections (CRC). Venue: 5th floor of the Main Library building, George Square. Welcome by Rachel Hosker, Deputy Head of Special Collections (CRC). Presentation by Aline Brodin, “From the Scriptorium to the Screen. Exploring medieval manuscripts in the digital age”. TalksContinue reading “Conference: Illuminating the Dark Ages Manuscript Art and Knowledge in the Early Medieval World”

10 Must-See Temporary Exhibitions in Summer 2018

The end of term is in sight and the days are getting longer. And that means we’re all daydreaming of summer. Whether your summer plans call for research or relaxation, take advantage of some stellar temporary exhibitions happening around the globe that are highlighting the production, context, and craftsmanship of medieval art. These exhibitions areContinue reading “10 Must-See Temporary Exhibitions in Summer 2018”

Call for Papers: Mary of Guelders – Her Life and Prayer Book (ca. 1400) – Nijmegen, 23-24/11/2018 (Deadline 30/03/2018)

Mary of Guelders’ richly illuminated prayer book, written by Helmich die Lewe and completed in 1415, is extraordinary for several reasons: it originally consisted of more than 600 folia, it is richly illuminated, it was written in the Lower Rhine vernacular, and it contains an unusual compilation of prayers, hours and components of a breviary.Continue reading “Call for Papers: Mary of Guelders – Her Life and Prayer Book (ca. 1400) – Nijmegen, 23-24/11/2018 (Deadline 30/03/2018)”

New Publication: St. Albans and the Markyate Psalter: Seeing and Reading in Twelfth-Century England, Edited by Kristen Collins and Matthew Fisher

This volume explores the manuscript’s many contexts, reading its texts and images amidst the rising internationalism of the period, marked by the circulation of objects, ideas, and peoples. Some of the leading scholars of twelfth-century manuscript studies here explore the Markyate Psalter, understanding it through new methodologies, pursuing innovative lines of inquiry.

CFP: Illuminating the Dark Ages: Manuscript art and knowledge in the Early Medieval world (c. 600-1100)

University of Edinburgh, 28th – 29th of June, 2018 CfP Deadline: March 15 Medieval illuminated scenes and initials today illustrate a myriad of book covers, chosen as the perfect embodiment of a historical episode, idea, or biography. From detailed scenes to sketchy drawings, illuminated manuscripts offer a sometimes overlooked illustration of medieval life. However, unlikeContinue reading “CFP: Illuminating the Dark Ages: Manuscript art and knowledge in the Early Medieval world (c. 600-1100)”

New Illuminated Manuscript Digitisation Project with British Library & BnF: Polonsky Foundation

The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200 A new project is underway to open up further the unparalleled collections of illuminated manuscripts held by the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. In a ground-breaking new collaborative project the national libraries ofContinue reading “New Illuminated Manuscript Digitisation Project with British Library & BnF: Polonsky Foundation”