Fine Arts | Illuminated Manuscripts in the Middle Ages: Form, Function, and Audience
A522 | 27900 | --


Graduate Students:
From the fourth century a.d., artists created elaborate decorations
and illustrations in manuscripts of sacred and secular texts.  Meant
to delight as well as instruct, these illustrations commented on the
text at the same time that they enchanted the reader with visions
and stories from the book itself.  Starting with the invention of
the codex in the first century, and continuing to the end of the
Middle Ages, this course will investigate the tools, methods and
inspiration behind the creation of the medieval manuscript.
Lectures will survey the most important types of manuscripts, such
as Psalters, Apocalypses and Books of Hours, and the most famous
schools of manuscript illumination, such as the Hiberno-Saxon
artists who produced works like the Book of Kells.  The preferred
audience of the manuscripts, from the embattled Mozarabic Christians
of Spain, to noble women of the later Middle Ages, will also be
investigated.  This class will take place in the Lilly Library, and
take advantage of the Lilly's extensive collection of medieval
manuscripts and fragments.