On the history of Illuminated Manuscripts and their Facsimiles

Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

A Beacon of Culture

If you are a book lover, you cannot miss this Alumina article about the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, whose vast collection has remained untouched for over four hundred years.

Detail of the Stammheim Missal

A Forever-Shining Gem of the German Romanesque Period

After eight and a half centuries this liturgical book, profusely decorated with shimmering gold and silver, is almost untouched by time. A new facsimile edition by Quaternio Verlag Luzern takes us closer to the perfection of its Romanesque illuminations.

The Jewel of Renaissance Lombardy

Did you know that the illuminator of this precious book of hours helped Leonardo da Vinci paint the Virgin of the Rocks? Find out more in today's Alumina article!

Under Dürer’s star

A fan of German book illumination? Don't miss this Alumina article about Nikolaus Glockendon, one of the foremost artists of his time.

Detail of the Divina Commedia Strozzi 152

A Journey Through the Underworld in Forty-nine Illuminations

Not only does this splendidly decorated manuscript contain forty-nine illuminations created under the guidance of Pacino di Bonaguida. It also features commentaries by illustrious contemporary intellectuals, among which is a poem attributed to Boccaccio. Scroll down to see the video!

Self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci

The Renaissance of Leonardo, Five Hundred Years Later

If you are a Leonardo enthusiast, 2019 is the perfect year to unravel the mysteries surrounding his genius. To mark the 500th anniversary since his death, museums and venues all over the world are celebrating his work with dozens of events and exhibitions. Here is a selection of our favorites.

Book of Kells in the Trinity College

My Pretty “Little” Book of Kells

“She played the fiddle in an Irish band / but she fell in love with … the Book of Kells”: today we fly to Dublin to meet Ireland’s finest national treasure.

Detail of the Vienna Genesis

The Rebirth of the Vienna Genesis

The Vienna Genesis is one of the most ancient purple manuscripts surviving today, dating back to the early 6th century. In 2019 we will see its rebirth thanks to a one-of-a-kind facsimile edition by Quaternio Verlag Luzern.

Detail of Piero della Francesca's double portrait of the Dukes of Urbino

The Library of Federico da Montefeltro

In occasion of Federico da Montefeltro's death anniversary, we though to celebrate this great patron of Renaissance with a short trip to his palace and his library in Urbino.

Papyrus Ani – Book of the Dead

Ever wondered about Egyptian culture of the dead? Well, the Papyrus Ani sheds new light on the religion of Ancient Egypt, find out more!