The Global Side of Medieval at the Getty Centre: Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts

Ethiopian Manuscript. Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. 'Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscript' (Photo courtesy of Dani Trynoski)

Los Angeles correspondent, Danielle Trynoski takes through the, ‘Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts’ exhibut at the Getty Museum.

Sweetheart Abbey Breviary acquired by National Library of Scotland

sweetheart abbey breviary - photo courtesy National Library of Scotland.

A monastic treasure written in Scotland 700 years ago has been acquired by the National Library of Scotland.

Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts at The Getty

The French King at Court, about 1460 - 1470 - The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 68, fol. 1 - image courtesy the Paul J. Getty Trust

Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts, on view January 26–June 26, 2016 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, offers the opportunity to explore the strong connections between Europe and the broader world during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

The First Manuals of English History: Two Late Thirteenth-Century Genealogical Rolls of the Kings of England in the Royal Collection

Genealogical Chronicle of the English Kings - British Library Royal MS 14 B V

The reign of Edward I (1272-1307) witnessed the creation of numerous genealogical rolls of the kings of England from Egbert to the reigning king,

The Apotropaic Function of Celtic Knotwork in the Book of Kells

Book of Kells, Folio 7v, Madonna and Child

Early Irish ornament very rarely occurs without interlace, in either of its two different varieties, which are the plait and the knot. Such ornamental knotwork and interlace patterns as they appear in the full-page portraits and illustrations of the Book of Kells will be the concrete object of study of the following pages, their possible apotropaic function, their particular focus.

What type of tremor did the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’ have?

Page from The old Englisch Homely on the life of St. Chad, written by 'the ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’

Scholars have recognized for some time that a prolific 13th century scribe had a tremor. He has become known as ‘the Tremulous Hand of Worcester’, or simply ‘the Tremulous Hand’, ‘hand’ being a metonym for ‘scribe’.

10 Beautiful Images from the Book of Kells

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Irish monks spread the Christian faith all over Europe by their dedicated missions during the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries. The age-old Irish-Celtic culture began to fuse with the impressions gathered by the monks during their extended dangerous travels. At that time, also called The Time of Scholars and Saints, the Irish monasteries were influential […]

Manuscript fragments bear ‘striking resemblance to The Book of Kells’

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Fragments of a medieval manuscript hidden in the spine of a book for hundreds of years could shed new light on Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure, The Book of Kells.

If Books Could Talk: Medieval Manuscripts in Iowa

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The paper, bindings, bookplates, repairs, stains, handwritten notes, stamps and markings all leave traces that give clues to how they were made, where they have been, and can even tell about the lives of the people who have read them. We’re finding clues and following up with research to find out more.

Yale University acquires ‘treasure trove’ of medieval manuscripts

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Otto F. Ege, an Ohio-based scholar and book dealer, made a controversial practice of dismantling medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and selling the individual leaves for profit during the first half of the last century.

Exploring Medieval Manuscripts: An Interview with Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel - Photo by Willem-Jan Schipper

‘I love that something quirky and nerdy like the medieval book is becoming mainstream.’

A Needle’s Breadth Apart: The Unexplored Relationship Between Medieval Embroidery and Manuscript Illumination

Luttrell Psalter - British Library Add MS 42130

I am currently exploring records showing that there is evidence that some individuals were involved in both. In particular, mention of two nuns who were known as embroiderers and illuminators.

Medieval Manuscripts in Living Colour

Book of Kells, Folio 32v, Christ Enthroned.

How did medieval people get such magnificent colour, and how can it still be so brilliant a thousand years later? Here’s a five-minute look at colouring manuscripts.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Medieval Manuscripts

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Giovanni Scorcioni gives us his list of the most beautiful manuscripts of the Middle Ages

Medieval iconography of watermelons in Mediterranean Europe

Image of watermelon from the Tractatus de herbis, British Library ms. Egerton 747, which was produced in southern Italy, around the year 1300

With the objective of obtaining an improved understanding of watermelon history and diversity in this region, medieval drawings purportedly of watermelons were collected, examined and compared for originality, detail and accuracy.

Top 10 Medieval Book Curses

British Library Harley MS 2798, fol. 235v.

Christ’s curse upon the crook who takes away this book.

Simon Fraser University unveils its first medieval manuscript

SFU archivist Melanie Hardbattle peruses the SFU Library's first medieval manuscript, dated 1269. Photo courtesy SFU News

Written in Latin on parchment, and dated to 1269, it features student notes scrawled in the margins, as well as amusing decorative drawings.

High tech tools used to understand medieval manuscripts

Many documents are very delicate and sensitive, and ideally should not be touched or exposed to direct light. Photo by Nils Kristian Eikeland/NTNU Universitetsbiblioteket

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Gunnerus Library are developing new high-tech tools to unlock the secrets hidden in old parchment.

Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book

Getty exhibit rohan master and book of fables  - Photo by Danielle Trynoski

Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book invites visitors to get in touch. Well, not literally since we’re discussing medieval manuscripts, but the exhibition wants viewers to consider the tactile side of books and manuscripts

What is a Psalter?

What is a Psalter - St. Albans Psalter from the 12th century

Because they didn’t contain the entire Bible, psalters were nice and portable, making good girdle books for the devout – or those concerned with showing off – to carry with them.

Image and Meaning in the Floral Borders of the Hours of Catherine of Cleves

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The Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves, produced in the Netherlands in the early 15th century, is one of the most beautiful and complex manuscripts of the late Middle Ages.

Qur’an manuscript discovered in England could be over 1400 years old

oldest quran manuscript - photo courtesty University of Birmingham

Experts at the University of Birmingham believe they have discovered a manuscript of the Qur’an that is at least 1370 years old, making it the oldest known copy of the Islamic Holy Book.

Exhibit: Magna Carta Through the Ages at the Society of Antiquaries of London

The Black Book of Peterborough. Photo by Medievalists.net

If you’re passing through London and want something to do that is very quick, free, and historical, check out this great little Magna Carta exhibit at Burlington House hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Medieval Parchment: Sewing Lines and Growing Surfaces

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Talks about growing a medieval parchment by stitching in items to it.

How to travel to the physical and heavenly Jerusalem without leaving home

Jerusalem

By the fifteenth century numerous accounts of the holy places circulated in Western Europe, many of them in Latin, a few in various vernaculars such as French and Middle Dutch.

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