Mediaevalia at the Lilly The Lilly Library is one of Indiana University’s greatest resources.
Its rich collection of materials bears witness to the development of
the history of the book and of European media culture. The series
Mediaevalia at the Lilly aims to better publicize the collection by
bringing established scholars and experts for lectures & hands-on
workshops for students and faculty. The series is organized
under the auspices of the Medieval Studies Institute, and run by
Hildegard Elisabeth Keller (Germanic Studies) in collaboration with
Cherry Williams (The Lilly Library). One seminar per year will be
conducted by a scholar from the field of manuscript study, the history
of the book, and early prints. In seeking to combine lectures with
workshops, our goal is to make abstract ideas, as presented in the
classroom, concrete by confronting students with the intractable nature
of sources and giving them some sense of just how much can be gleaned
from handwriting, type, parchment, paper, watermarks, title pages,
musical notation, format, decoration, in short, all material aspects of
the book over the course of the period stretching from Late Antiquity to
the Reformation, i.e., comprehending at the outset the transition from
roll to codex and, at the end, the shift from manuscript to print.
MediŠvalia 2011: How mediŠval manuscripts were written and illuminated
November 3-4, 2011
Slocum Room, Lilly Library
British scribe and illuminator Patricia Lovett will be visiting
the Lilly Library to talk about mediŠval manuscripts, and will use and
show the tools and materials of the craft.
Thursday 3rd November 11am–12Ě30pm Looking at Manuscripts – a scribe and illuminator’s view of a selection of mediŠval manuscripts from the Lilly Library. Thursday 3rd November 2Ě30 –5pm How Manuscripts Were Made – a demonstration and explanation of quills, vellum, parchment, miniature painting, gold and pigments. Friday 4th November 5 –6Ě15pm Gold on Parchment – a talk using examples of mediŠval manuscripts to show the craft of manuscript production.
This will be followed by a reception.
is an author of a number of books on calligraphy, illumination and
heraldry, is an Honoured Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts
Society and has taught, lectured and had artworks exhibited in the UK
and many other countries.
MediŠvalia at the Lilly is sponsored by the Medieval Studies
Institute, the Lilly Library, and the Department of Germanic Studies.
To register for Thursday's events, contact the Lilly Library: 812 855 2452
For other questions, call: 812 855 3187
All events are free and open to the public.
See the event flyer here.
Patricia Lovett comments on student-made bifolios during Mediaevalia 2011. Video by Russell Sheaffer and Hildegard Elisabeth Keller