Digitized items. Irish Script On Screen - Meamram Páipéar Ríomhaire. Great Canterbury Psalter. Thanks to the patronage of The Polonsky Foundation, the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) and the British Library have established an unprecedented partnership in the field of medieval manuscripts. 400 manuscripts held by the BnF, and 400 held by the British Library were selected because of their importance for the history of French and English relations in the Middle Ages, as well as for their artistic, historical or literary value. Written between the 8th and the 12th centuries, they represent the variety and spread of the intellectual production of the early Middle Ages and the Romanesque era.
The Canterbury Psalter (BnF, Mss., Latin 8846) is one of the most famous and lavishly illustrated manuscripts made in England in the Romanesque era. It was produced in the late-12th century and illuminated around 1200 in the scriptorium of the Benedictine monastery of Christ Church of Canterbury, an archiepiscopal seat and one of the richest ecclesiastical houses in England. Hol(e)y Moly!: Historical Damage and Repairs in Medieval Manuscripts. Figure 1: An early illustration of a parchment maker preparing the surface of the skin with a lunellum, or rounded knife. Detail from Msc. Patr. 5, folio 1r, around 1150. Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek.
When looking at a medieval manuscript, it is often the illuminations that catch the eye—colorful figures rendered in miniature, gleaming gold backgrounds, ornate initials that twirl and bloom across the margins. But beyond the illuminations, and even beyond the text, the substrate itself merits closer inspection.
The parchment page is rich with information about the history of manuscript production and about the ways that makers and consumers of manuscripts viewed the materials used to create them. Parchment, the predominant writing support in many parts of the ancient and medieval world, is prepared animal skin, usually calf, goat, or sheep. Figure 2: Here, a parchment maker has stitched up an area of damage in a wet skin to prevent it from expanding as the skin is stretched further. 1.
Decades of manuscript photography on Digital.Bodleian – The Conveyor. From Andrew Dunning, R.W. Hunt Curator of Medieval Manuscripts Digital.Bodleian is the online home for Oxford’s special collections in the Bodleian and college libraries. Although it is still relatively new – with a second version coming later this year – it encompasses decades’ worth of photography projects.
Many of Oxford’s medieval manuscripts are represented in some form, but only a portion of these have a full set of high-resolution images such as the Bodleian studio can now produce. This sometimes means that you can find multiple versions of the same manuscript. For instance, the Bodleian’s famous Romance of Alexander, MS. Bodl. 264, appears online in three different forms: Historical images of manuscripts can be useful to researchers trying to determine what an item looked like in the past or aiming to understand the history of its interpretation.
Between the late 1970s and early 2000s, the Bodleian published manuscript photographs on film. Oxford Medieval Studies | TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Oxford Medieval Studies is one of the largest forums in the world for interdisciplinary research on the Middle Ages, bringing together over 200 academics and a large body of graduate students. The period of a thousand years from c.500 to c.1500 saw huge social change, political upheaval, technological revolution, intellectual debate, and artistic innovation across Europe and the wider world. In Oxford, medieval studies link disciplines such as Archaeology; Art History; Byzantine Studies; Classics; English; History; European, Middle- and Far-Eastern languages; Music; Philosophy; Theology and Religion; and work with heritage sites and institutions such as the Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian Library. It also offers an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Medieval Studies. If you are interested in receiving regular updates for Medieval Studies at Oxford, register here for the mailing list.
Download here the current Medieval Studies booklet (Summer 2020). Medieval Studies Postholders. Medieval History of Art | MEMS Lib. Edited by Róisín Astell, with contributions from Dr Ada Hajdu (New Europe College - Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest), Emeric Rigault (Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès - Université de Poitiers), Dr Beate Fricke (University of Bern), and Celia Mills (MEMS, University of Kent). To Help Get Started Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture - a concise glossary of various terms pertaining to medieval art and architecture. Holcomb, Melanie, (ed.) Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009) Available online. Norris, Michael, Medieval Art: A Resource for Educators (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005) Stein, Wendy A., How to Read Medieval Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016) Open Access Books & Journals Art History Journal Spreadsheet – this incredible database created by Dr Beate Fricke (University of Bern) details journals which are currently open access.
Images & Photos Illuminated Manuscripts Stained Glass Online books: Architecture and Sculpture Online Books: A Global Middle Ages through the Pages of Decorated Books. Facsimile of the Dresden Codex (detail), 13th or 14th century, made in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (Dresden, Germany, Saxon State Library, Mscr.Dresd. R 310. The Getty Research Institute, 2645-271) Manuscripts and printed books—like today’s museums, archives, and libraries—provide glimpses into how people have perceived the Earth, its many cultures, and everyone’s place in it.
Toward a Global Middle Ages: Encountering the World through Illuminated Manuscripts, a new book from Getty Publications, invites you to explore this theme, presenting a range of book types from premodern Africa, Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Austronesia. The production of books is a collaborative undertaking. Books produced during a global Middle Ages reveal a vast variety of structures and styles. Whose Middle Ages? What do we mean by a global Middle Ages (or medieval period)? Mogao Caves 16-17 (Library Cave), Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China, 862; sealed around 1000 (photo: Dunhuang Academy) Additional resources. Memories, manuscripts and medieval ink | Royal Irish Academy. How often we say 'Send me a note' or even 'Text me'. It all seems so easy. How can unlikely things like Bus-Pass, Uni-slim, Japanese Knotweed be linked to the Cathach? But all things are possible for a mind such as mine, which wanders, meanders, ambles, races, hither and tither.
Like all children in the 50s, I had read at school the story of St Columba, and that he had magically in a single night copied a borrowed manuscript, the ensuing row over keeping the copy, his exile to Iona (in fourth class, learning to spell 'exile'!) , not being allowed to let his feet touch Irish soil, his cleverness at tying sods of Scottish turf to his feet so that he could return to Ireland and keep to the letter of his exile. (I wasn’t so sure about the honesty of that, I was going through a scrupulous stage myself. On my first visit to the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), I was researching an ogham stone near Ballyferriter in Co Kerry, Cathair na gCat (Cahernagat SMR ref KE042-093003). There was no queue. Carrara Herbal - caption: 'Violet plant' | ID: 025219 Title:… Even more digitised manuscripts - Medieval manuscripts blog. Long-term readers of this Blog may be aware that we periodically publish lists of our digitised manuscripts.
Our last one was published in July 2018 and the wait for a new one is over — here are up-to-date lists of manuscript hyperlinks to make it easier for you to explore our amazing digitised treasures. Cause for celebration! Musicians and a dog play music and rejoice in a decorated initial at the opening of Psalm 80 (81), 13th-century Psalter, eastern England: Lansdowne MS 431, f. 64v (detail) There are now 2,535 Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern manuscripts on our Digitised Manuscripts website and more being added all the time. For a full list of what is currently available, please see this PDF: Download Full list digitised MSS June 2019. This is also available as an Excel spreadsheet: Download Full list digitised MSS June 2019 (this format cannot be downloaded on all web browsers).
Canon table from the Codex Beneventanus, 8th-century Gospel Book, southern Italy: Add MS 5463, f. 3v. Well, someone really liked to draw flowers all over Benito Fernández's catechism in Mixtec (1568) while reading it. #missionarylinguistics #bookhistory #indigenouslanguages #earlymodern #print. Object moved. Harley MS 3736, ff 1r-80r Giovanni Cadamosto, HerbalGiovanni Cadamosto's illustrated herbal. Cadamosto, presented in 1471 his original text to Borso d’Este, marquis of Ferrara (1450-1471), now Paris, BnF, MS it. 1108 (see Le muse e ii principe, Arte di corte nel Rinascimento padano, II, 1991, no. 54, pp. 209-10). Decoration:Coloured pen drawings of plants are arranged in alphabetical order by their Italian names with German and Latin names often added beneath. 16 drawings include people, landscapes, and/or architectural elements: ff. 9r (a head of a bull), 10r (a ruined gate to a castle), 18v (a rock), 20r (Emperor Charlemagne kneeling in front of a plant pierced by an arrow.
The plant is called 'Carlina' and the caption explains that an angel advised Charlemagne to eat it in order to be purged of poison), 20v (a fragment of a ruined house), 26r (a hill), 30v (a rocky hill), 35v (a well), 36v (a hill), 40r (a river?) English Manuscript Illumination. Manuscripts reflect the creativity of artists and scribes, and the resources of their patrons. Kathleen Doyle and Eleanor Jackson outline the development of book art in early medieval England. The Insular Period Anglo-Saxon England produced books of remarkable beauty and sophistication. From around the seventh to ninth centuries, the style of manuscripts produced in Britain is known as Insular (literally, of the islands). This style originated in Ireland and Britain but spread to Continental monasteries founded by Irish and British missionaries.
Usage terms Public Domain in most countries other than the UK. The earliest flourishing of manuscript culture in Anglo-Saxon England took place in Northumbria, the kingdom that stretched north from the river Humber into Southern Scotland. A spectacular example of early Insular painting is included in a decorated copy of the Four Gospels probably made in Northumbria in the early eighth century (now British Library, Cotton MS Otho C V). Tiberius Bede. ODL.