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 (

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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

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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.


Publication: Manuscripts in the Making Art and Science, vol. 1. Edited by Stella Panayotova & Paola Ricciardi

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Manuscripts in the Making
Art and Science, vol. 1
Edited by Stella Panayotova &  Paola Ricciardi

 ISBN 978-1-909400-10-8

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 This ground-breaking publication presents  the papers delivered at the international Conference held in Cambridge in December 2016 to mark the end of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s acclaimed bicentenary exhibition “Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts”.  It is the first of two volumes in which medievalists and scientists share the results of their research, and combine here to elucidate both the materials and techniques  of production of illuminated  manuscripts,  as well as the artists’ collaboration and their aesthetic objectives.  Of the 34 papers given at the proceedings, 17 are included in the present volume covering scientific analyses of West European, Byzantine and Islamic manuscripts, Colour and Pigment Studies, Painting Techniques and Workshop Practices, as well as details of the latest scientific techniques and instruments employed for these non-invasive and non-destructive investigations into the delicate manuscripts. The texts are accompanied by over 200 illustrations as well as explanatory tables and diagrams. 

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Conference “De l’Espagne à l’Europe du Nord. Les manuscrits enluminés français et flamands de la Bibliothèque nationale d’Espagne (Madrid)”, Lille University, 29/03/2018


Le projet scientifque intitulé De l’Espagne à l’Europe du Nord : les manuscrits français et flamands de la Biblioteca nacional de España (Madrid), dirigé par Anne-Marie Legaré, professeur d’Histoire de l’Art médiéval (IRHiS, UdL) et assistée de Samuel Gras, docteur en Histoire de l’Art médiéval (IRHiS, UdL), repose sur un partenariat inédit entre l’IRHiS, l’Université de Lille et la Biblioteca nacional de España (BNE) avec M. Javier Docampo, directeur de la BNE et Mme María José Rucio Zamorano, chef du département des manuscrits et des Incunables de la BNE.

L’Histoire de l’Art et l’espace septentrional sont au cœur du projet conçu par l’IRHiS et l’Université de Lille qui se concentre pour le moment sur les manuscrits enluminés d’origine française et flamande conservés à la BNE  ; un corpus d’une richesse exceptionnelle de plus de 150 pièces et qui constitue l’un des feurons de ses collections.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Illuminating the Dark Ages: Manuscript art and knowledge in the Early Medieval World (c. 600-1100), University of Edinburgh, 28-29/06/2018, Deadline 15/03/2018

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“Illuminating the Dark Ages” has been conceived as an international conference that aims to bring together researchers of all levels, including postgraduate students, working on the wider Early Middle Ages and the decorated manuscript as a cultural medium. From a variety of perspectives, this conference intends to shed light on how and why manuscripts were decorated in the early medieval period, from lavishly illuminated religious cycles to illustrations of works of Classical literature. Even though the geographical focus is put on the Latin West, comparative approaches to manuscript visual cultures and knowledge transmission in other cultural areas (roughly in the same chronological period), such as Byzantium or the Islamic world, are naturally welcomed.The keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Michele Bacci (Fribourg) and Dr. Felicity Harley-McGowan (Yale).

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Resources: British Library Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks

1200px-British_library_londonWe have been hard at work here at the British Library and we are excited to share with you a brand new list of Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks. You can currently view on Digitised Manuscripts no less than 1,943 manuscripts and documents made in Europe before 1600, with more being added all the time. For a full list of what is currently available, please see this PDF Download Digitised MSS January 2018. This is also available in the form of an Excel spreadsheet Download Digitised MSS January 2018 (this format cannot be downloaded on all web browsers).

The list reflects the wide range of materials made available online through our recent on on-going digitisation projects, including Greek manuscripts and papyri, pre-1200 manuscripts from England and France thanks to funding from the Polonsky Foundation, and illuminated manuscripts in French and other European vernacular languages.

Many images of our manuscripts are also available to download from our Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscriptswhich is searchable by keywords, dates, scribes and languages. We also recommend taking a look at the British Library’s Collection Items pages, featuring Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook of scientific drawings and the single surviving copy of the Old English poem Beowulf.

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JOB: 2018-2019 New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer short-term research fellowships to support graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent researchers.  Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities, business, and the fine and performing arts are encouraged to apply.

research_interior_2014_09_18_sasb_manuscripts_8019Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the Library for the duration of their fellowship and to write a blog post for about their work with the Library’s collections.

The Manuscripts and Archives Division of The New York Public Library holds over 29,000 linear feet of material in over 5,500 collections, with strengths in the papers and records of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily from the New York region. These collections support research in the political, economic, social, and cultural history of New York and the United States.

Excursions Uncategorized Upcoming Events

Doctoral Students Open Day at the British Library – Pre-1600 Collections

BLA reminder for PhD students with research interests relating to the ancient, medieval and early modern worlds: the British Library’s Doctoral Open Day for our pre-1600 collections will take place on 5 February 2018. The day is aimed at first-year doctoral students who would like to learn more about finding and using our collection material for their research. The approach is interdisciplinary and useful for students working on topics in classics, history, literature, history of art, religion, and the history of science and medicine. You can book your place on the Events page. A ticket to attend costs £10, including lunch and refreshments. The number of places is limited, so booking in advance is necessary.

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Exhibition: Les Enluminures at Bibliography Week, New York. January 22 to 27

January 22 to January 27, 2018
enluminures“Bibliography Week” happens every year in New York City at the end of January when principal national organizations devoted to book history have their annual meetings. Many interesting events are planned, since so many bibliophiles are in town.
Some events are open only to members of the Grolier Club, but others are public and anyone with an interest in books is invited to show up. Les Enluminures is proud to be participating this year in “Bibliography Week,” especially so because two of its principles Sandra Hindman, Founder and President, and Laura Light, Senior Specialist, have joined the Club in the last year.

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The Art Institute of Chicago, Allerton Galleries
January 27th to May 28th


The Art Institute of Chicago will exhibit this impressive and broad-ranging collection of approximately thirty exquisite fragments, which was assembled over a lifetime by medieval manuscript scholar and long-time Chicagoan, Sandra Hindman.