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Free Online Course: The Book of Kells, Trinity College Dublin


Trinity College Dublin is offering a new online course started 8 October. This course is intended for any and all interested in the history, crafting, and enduring legacy of one of the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts.

The Book of Kells manuscript, housed at Trinity College Dublin is world famous – it attracts almost one million visitors a year. But what can this book tell us about Irish history? And what significance is the manuscript in today’s world?

On this course you will use the Book of Kells as a window through which to explore the landscape, history, faith, theology, and politics of early medieval Ireland. You will also consider how the manuscript was made, its extended biography and how it has affected different areas of the contemporary world.

Please the visit the course’s website for more information.


Conference: IIlluminations: Manuscript, Medium, Message, Philadelphia, PA, November 15–17, 2018

201820symposioum20imageIIlluminations: Manuscript, Medium, Message, Philadelphia, PA, November 15–17, 2018
In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

Manuscript illumination has often been considered in relation to the texts it accompanies, but rarely in terms of its interplay with other artistic media. Historically, however, the technique was closely associated with other forms of artistic expression and served as a crucial point of contact and transfer for visual motifs across space and time. The goal of this year’s symposium is to examine cases of intermedial exchange through the lenses of technique, style, iconography, social context, and cultural geography, while also posing broader questions about the deep connections between the craft of illumination and other arts more widely. Of special interest will be insights gained from the technical examination of works in different media, new comparisons made possible by digital technology, and the discovery of linkages once obscured by strict historiographical divisions

The program will begin Thursday evening at 5:00 pm on November 15, 2018, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, with a keynote lecture by Professor Susie Nash of the Courtauld Institute of Art. The symposium will continue November 16th-17th at the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.
Registration is $35 ($10 for students with valid student ID). Registration is now open: click here.

For more information on the Schoenberg Symposium Series, click here.

Organized by Nicholas Herman (hermanni@upenn.edu), Curator of Manuscripts, with Lynn Ransom, Curator of Programs (lransom@upenn.edu), Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

The symposium organizers wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Williams Fund of the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and of the Wolf Humanities Center’s “Humanities at Large” program.


Opening Reception and Keynote Address

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Susie Nash

Deborah Loeb Brice Professor of Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art

with introductions by Will Noel and Sarah Guérin, University of Pennsylvania

The Curious Case of the Collins Hours
(Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1945-65-4)

Rare Book Department
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 3rd floor
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103 (map).

Reception begins at 5:00 pm; lecture begins at 6:00 pm.


Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts
University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 6th floor
3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (map).


Friday, November 16, 2018

9:00 – 9:30 am Coffee and Registration

9:30 – 10:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Constantia Constantinou, H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries, University of Pennsylvania

Nicholas Herman and Lynn Ransom, University of Pennsylvania

10:00 – 11:15 am Session I: Challenging Media Hierarchies

Presider: David Kim, University of Pennsylvania

Laura Weigert, Rutgers University

Arras, B.M. MS 697: Painting, Illustration, and the Intermediality of Fifteenth-Century Visual Culture

Sonja Drimmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst

When an English Manuscript Is an Italian Printed Book

11:15 – 11:30 am Coffee

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Workshop I

Presider: Amey Hutchins, University of Pennsylvania

Frédéric Elsig and Carmen Decu Teodorescu, University of Geneva

Intermedial exchanges and connoisseurship: recent results for 15th- and 16th-century French painting

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm Session II: Narrativity

Presider: Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania

Alexandra Green, The British Museum

Manuscripts and Wall Paintings in 18th-19th Century Burma: Offering, Narration, Text, Presence

Christine Sciacca, The Walters Art Museum

Serial Imagery in Ethiopian Painting

3:15 – 3:45 pm Coffee

3:45 – 5:00 pm Session III: Case Studies, between the Exceptional and the Representative

Presider: Katherine Tycz, University of Pennsylvania

Bryan C. Keene, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Authorship, Anonymity, and Attribution in the Archives and Art Historical Scholarship: Case Studies of Italian Painter-Illuminators, 1300-1500

Roger S. Wieck, The Morgan Library & Museum

French Renaissance Artist Jean Poyer: An Assessment

Saturday, November 17, 2018

9:00 – 9:30 am Coffee

9:30 – 10:45 am Session IV: Community, Technique, Practice

Presider: Sarah Reidell, University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Turner, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Technical markers for cross-media exchange: communities of practice and the painter-illuminator in fifteenth-century Italy

Nandita Punj, Rutgers University

Mathen Artistic Expression and Bikaner: Manuscripts, Social Mobility and Identity

10:45 – 11:15 am Coffee

11:15 – 12:30 pm Workshop II

Presider: Will Noel, University of Pennsylvania

Stella Panayotova and Paola Ricciardi, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Intermedial Exchanges: Integrated Analyses of Illuminated Manuscripts

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 – 3:15 pm Session V: Ornament across Media and Time I

Presider: Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College/University of Pennsylvania

Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania

A 6th Century Hijri/ 12th Century CE Qur’an Copy at the Penn Museum: From Original Layout to Its Use Through Time

Benjamin C. Tilghman, Washington College

Ornament, Space, and Christological Intermediality in an Anglo-Saxon Psalter

3:15 – 3:45 pm Coffee

3:45 – 5:00 pm Session VI: Ornament across Media and Time II

Presider: Robert Ousterhout, University of Pennsylvania

Shreve Simpson, University of Pennsylvania

Medallions in the Margins: the Free Library’s Lewis Oriental ms 1

Georgi Parpulov, Independent Scholar

From China to Byzantium: The Origins of “Flower-Petal” Ornament

5:00 – 5:30 pm Final Discussion and Comments

5:30 – 7:00 pm Closing Dinner Reception

Exhibition & Catalogue: Four Remarkable Manuscripts from The Middle Ages (Les Enluminures, NYC, Paris)

Screen Shot 2018-09-19 at 9.56.04 AMLes Enluminures will present a special exhibition and catalogue at Les Enluminures New York from October 17 to 23, 2018. It consists of four books that are remarkable survivals of what people read in the Middle Ages – the finest of medieval Bibles (the greatest text of Western civilization), one of the oldest Books of Hours (the most famous medieval manuscripts of all), biography (the unique legend of an Anglo-Saxon princess), and the history of Troy (the oldest chivalric story in European history).

These are all manuscripts unknown on the market for at least eighty years. One of the four was last described in print in 1588; the others were last catalogued for sale in 1909, 1932 and 1938 respectively. All are richly illustrated, with a total of 133 miniatures between them, as well as hundreds of borders and illuminated animals and grotesques. Some of the finest artists of the period were responsible for the miniatures, and at least two of them likely issue directly from the greatest of European courts.

The exhibition will debut at Les Enluminures New York, from October 17 to 23.

Following this, the display will be the highlight of our booth at TEFAF New York Fall (October 27 – 31) and then travel to Paris for exhibition at Fine Art Paris (November 7 – 11)

A lavishly illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition, with Introduction and Catalogue by prize-winning author Christopher de Hamel, and Preface by Founder and President of Les Enluminures Sandra Hindman.

Symposium: Winchester, Early Medieval Power and Faith

Screen Shot 2018-09-19 at 9.35.28 AMA one-day symposium dedicated to exploring the great churches of Winchester at the time of the Anglo-Saxons and Normans.

Saturday 20 October 2018

9.30am – 5.00pm

The King Alfred Conference Chamber, Guildhall, Winchester, SO23 9GH

Join historians, experts, and enthusiasts at this one day symposium exploring the great churches of Winchester at the time of the Anglo-Saxons and Normans. This symposium will cover everything from grand church architecture, manuscript studies, Anglo-Saxon folklore, and early Norman politics and relationships with Winchester.

Register by 1 October and receive the early bird price of only £55.

For more information, please visit https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/winchester-early-medieval-power-faith.

Winchester, Early Medieval Power and Faith is the third public event of Winchester, The Royal City, a project which aims to celebrate and promote the ancient city as a centre of key significance to the development of England and English Culture.

Conference: Manuscripts from Ethiopia and Eritrea (Oxford, 1 Sept 2018)

This free study day will act as an introduction to Ethiopian and Eritrean manuscripts  dating from the 4th to 18th centuries. Context, production, and patronage will be discussed by leading experts from institutions such as The British Library and SOAS. See the detailed schedule and link to register below.

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Conference: New Light on Old Manuscripts; Recent Advances in Palimpsest Studies (25–27 April 2018)

Conference: New Light on Old Manuscripts; Recent Advances in Palimpsest Studies

25–27 April 2018

Austrian Academy of Sciences Sitzungssaal Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2 1010 Vienna, Austria

“New Light on Old Manuscripts: Recent Advances in Palimpsest Studies” brings together an international assembly of scholars who have been in the forefront of palimpsest studies in recent years, either in reading and analyzing palimpsests texts, or in making them legible through advanced imaging and image processing methods. The conference will also feature work that has been accomplished in the course of the Sinai Palimpsests Project (http://sinaipalimpsests.org).

See full programme here: https://rchivecom.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/palimpsests-conference-programme-25-27-2018.pdf



09:00–10:30 Moderator: Otto Kresten

Michael B. Phelps – The Sinai Palimpsests Project: its History, Philosophy, and Contributions

Claudia Rapp – The Palimpsest Corpus at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Preliminary Observations

Giulia Rossetto – Greek under Arabic: Behind the Lines of Sinaiticus arabicus NF 66


11:00–12:30 Moderator: Otto Kresten

Pasquale Orsini – Greek Scripts, Books and Texts: New Materials from Sinai

Agamemnon Tselikas – Textual Observations on Some Sinai Majuscule Palimpsests

Steve Delamarter – Getatchew Haile The Ethiopic Undertext of Sinai Greek NF 90: Discovery and Analysis

12:30–14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00–14:45 Moderator: Manfred Schreiner

Damianos Kasotakis – Implementing Spectral Imaging in the Sinai Desert

Kenneth Boydston – Beyond Discovery: Bringing More Good Things to Light


15:00–16:00 Moderator: Manfred Schreiner

Keith T. Knox – Recovery of Erased Text Using Unsupervised Methods

Roger L. Easton Jr. – Customized Processing of Multispectral Imagery of Palimpsests Based on Spectral Statistics

Dave Kelbe – Is it Magic? The Science Behind Image Processing: Perspectives and Possibilities


16:30–17:15 Moderator: Bernadette Frühmann

Michael B. Toth – Dispersed Palimpsest Offers Digital Insight into St. Catherine’s Library

Doug Emery – Reflections on the Digital Palimpsest: Data Modeling and Data Management



09:00–10:00 Moderator: Ernst Gamillscheg

Sebastian P. Brock – What Can Be Learnt, and What Not, from the Experience of the Syriac and Christian Palestinian Aramaic Palimpsests

Grigory Kessel – Codex Arabicus (Sinai Arabic 514) Revisited


10:15–11:30 Moderator: Basema Hamarneh

Christa Müller-Kessler – A Florilegium of Christian Palestinian Aramaic Palimpsests from St. Catherine’s Monastery

Alain J. Desreumaux – L’apport des palimpsestes du Sinaï à la codicologie araméenne christopalestinienne et aux versions anciennes des textes bibliques


12:00–13:00 Moderator: Kurt Smolak

Michelle P. Brown – Arabic NF 8 and the Latin Manuscripts of St. Catherine’s, Sinai

Heinz Miklas – ‘Excavating’ the Slavonic Palimpsests in the New Sinaitic Finds

13:00–14:30 LUNCH BREAK

14:30–16:00 Moderator: Hans-Jürgen Feulner

Zaza Aleksidze – Dali Chitunashvili Palimpsest N/Sin Geo 7 Kept at the St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai (Identification of the Texts)

Bernard Outtier – New Insights in Christo-Palestinian Aramaic and Georgian Literatures

Jost Gippert – New Light on the Caucasian Albanian Palimpsests of St. Catherine’s Monastery


16:30–18:00 Moderator: Katharina Kaska

Irmgard Schuler – Imaging for Manuscript Inspection

Simon Brenner – Photometric Stereo for Palimpsest Analysis

Leif Glaser – X-Ray Fluorescence Investigations on Erased Text Written in Iron Gall Ink

Ivan Shevchuk – Full Field Multispectral Imaging as a Tool for Text Recovery in Palimpsests




09:00–11:00 Moderator: Andreas E. Müller

Felix Albrecht – Chiara Francesca Faraggiana di Sarzana – A Carbonized Septuagint Palimpsest of the Libri Sapientiales in Biblical Majuscule, Codex Taurinensis, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, C.V. 25 (Rahlfs-Ms. 3010): Its Text and Context

Jana Grusková – Giuseppe De Gregorio – Neueste Einblicke in einige palimpsestierte Handschriftenunikate aus den griechischen Beständen der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek

Bernard H. Stolte – Editing the Basilica and the Role of Palimpsests. The Case of Vindob. Suppl. gr. 200


11:30–13:00 Moderator: Christian Gastgeber

Dieter Harlfinger – Palimpsest-Forschung am Beispiel der Athener Handschrift EBE 192 mit juristischen Texten und Aristoteles-Kommentaren

André Binggeli – The Making of a Greek Palimpsest from the Patriarchal Library in Istanbul

Carla Falluomini – The Gothic Palimpsests: New Readings and Discoveries

13:00–14:30 LUNCH BREAK

14:30–16:00 Moderator: Bernhard Palme

Peter E. Pormann – The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Between Philology and Digital Humanities

Ronny Vollandt – Palimpsests from Cairo and Damascus: A Comparative Perspective from the Cairo Genizah and the Qubbat al-Khazna

Alba Fedeli – A Few Remarks on Qur’anic Palimpsests


16:15–17:45 Moderator: Gerda Wolfram

Andreas Janke – Challenges in Working with Music Palimpsests

András Németh – Interactive Learning of Palimpsest Research: Virtual Guided Tour from the Invisible to the Abstract Reconstruction

Gregory Heyworth – From Technology to Text: Reading and Editing the Lacunose Manuscript


18:00–18:30 Discussion and Concluding Remarks

New Books: ‘Il Maestro di Nola’ and ‘Medieval manuscripts: Ghent University Library’

Il Maestro di Nola. Un vertice impareggiabile del tardogotico a Napoli e in Campania, by EMANUELE ZAPPASOD

ISBN: 978-8874613465

En los últimos años se ha puesto de manifiesto, cada vez con más claridad, que el patrimonio artístico del sur de Italia puede compararse, por la calidad, importancia y carga poética, de igual a igual con las obras producidas por otros centros cuyo valor ha sido ponderado desde hace mucho tiempo por una larga tradición histórica.

La Galería Sarti siempre ha mantenido vivo el enfoque en el arte de esta tierra llena de creatividad, que en la época medieval y renacentista constituyó un animado cruce de diferentes culturas y el centro de una espesa circulación mediterránea que incluía Sicilia, Cerdeña, Liguria, pero también Francia y España. Una similar pluralidad de influencias que se mezclan con la tradición local ha fomentado el nacimiento de un lenguaje fascinante, rico de una abrumadora expresividad y, al mismo tiempo, de una elegancia refinada.

El libro -con el estudio específico de Emanuele Zappasodi y el de Virginia Caramico sobre el contexto artístico del Reino de Nápoles entre los siglos XIV y XV – presenta el redescubrimiento de una hermosa pintura, hasta ahora desconocida, del pintor conocido como Maestro di Nola, un raro artífice que, a juzgar por la alta calidad de sus obras, supuso realmente la cumbre incomparable del gótico tardío en Nápoles y Campania.

El volumen -destinado a ser en el futuro un valioso punto de referencia para futuros estudios- permite dibujar con mayor claridad la trayectoria del artista y arrojar nueva luz sobre algunos episodios importantes de la pintura a finales del gótico en Campania.

More information here.


Medieval manuscripts. Ghent University Library

Medieval manuscripts: Ghent University Library, by Albert Derolez
ISBN: 9789461613813 ISBN-13: 9789461613813


This is the first catalogue to provide metadata on all medieval manuscripts in the collection of Ghent University Library. The catalogue offers full descriptions of texts and provides codicological data for all handwritten books and archival documents on parchment or paper, including fragments, dating prior to c. 1530. Giving all the essential information in a nutshell and in a uniform way opens numerous ways to new research with these unique relics. Albert Derolez (1934) is Curator emeritus of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books at Ghent University Library. He taught for many years palaeography and codicology at the Free Universities of Brussels and at several American universities. President of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine 1995-2005. Editor-in-Chief of the series Corpus Catalogorum Belgii. The Medieval Booklists of the Southern Low Countries (1994-2016). Editor of the Liber Floridus of Lambert of Saint-Omer (1968), the Liber divinorum operum of Hildegard of Bingen (1996), and other medieval texts. Author of books on medieval libraries, codicology and palaeography.

More information here.