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Disbound and Dispersed: The History of Illuminated Manuscripts

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7 pm

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 7 pm

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Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre
Members $10 | Public $12 | Students $8

Assistant curator of European art, Sasha Suda, discusses the living history of illuminated manuscripts. Manuscripts were illuminated in medieval times to illustrate text and to help communicate its meaning. Text and image functioned as a single language to religious audiences. As devotional practices changed, the text in some manuscripts lost significance while the illuminations took on new meaning as works of art. In many cases, manuscripts were disbound and single folios or cuttings dispersed throughout the world.

The talk is held in conjunction with the special exhibition Revealing the Renaissance: Art in Early Florence, on view from March 16 to June 16, 2013.

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