On the history of Illuminated Manuscripts and their Facsimiles

New Video: Purple Passion of Fra Angelico Facsimile Edition

Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Purple Passion of Fra Angelico in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?

An Hour With Marco Polo

The Venetian explorer Marco Polo didn't write his Travels alone: in 1298, he found himself imprisoned with a romance writer, Rustichello da Pisa. Their conversations gave birth to one of the most celebrated travel books in history.

New Video: The Quixote of Avellaneda Facsimile Edition

Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Quixote of Avellaneda in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?

New Video: Oxford Bestiary Facsimile Edition

Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Oxford Bestiary in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?

The Peterborough Bestiary: A Medieval Bedtime Story

Once upon a time, there was a... snake with two heads? A Yale on a golden background? This week, I discovered that a masterpiece of the English Gothic can entertain my kids better than any videogame.

New Video: The Barberini Book of Hours for Rouen Facsimile Edition

Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Barberini Book of Hours for Rouen in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?

An Interview With the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry

The jokes played by the young Limbourg Brothers, the Duke's exotic animals... In this imaginary interview, the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry told us what it means to be one of the most cherished manuscripts in the whole world.

New Video: Prayer Book of Anne de Bretagne Facsimile Edition

Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Prayer Book of Anne de Bretagne in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?

Tracing Otto III’s Life in Three Manuscripts

Around the year 1000, Holy Roman Emperor Otto III and his mother Teophanu had a lasting influence on European politics and culture. A marriage certificate, a devotional codex, and a gospel book still witness their grandeur.

New Video: Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi Facsimile Edition

Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?

An Interview With the Hours of Catherine of Cleves

An art scholar recently called it the rock star of medieval manuscript illumination. The story of this manuscript is so thrilling we couldn't resist asking ourselves some questions — we also imagined the manuscript's answers.

New Video: Landgrave Psalter Facsimile Edition

Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Landgrave Psalter in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?

New Video: Dante, Inferno Parigi-Imola Facsimile Edition

Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Dante, Inferno Parigi-Imola in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?

New Video: Van Damme Hours Facsimile Edition

Once upon a time only dukes, popes, and princesses could hold a priceless artifact like the Van Damme Hours in their hands. Today, facsimiles allow you to leaf through them — well, at least virtually! So what are you waiting for?