On the history of Illuminated Manuscripts and their Facsimiles

New Video: Mainz Gospels Facsimile Edition

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

New Video: Codex Legum Langobardorum Facsimile Edition

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

New Video: Echternach Pericopes Facsimile Edition

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

Exploring the Bible’s Meanings, Finding Luxurious Gothic Art

Six centuries ago in the Netherlands, innovative manuscript art merged with Gothic style to create a lavish, gold-decorated codex comparing scenes from the Old and New testaments. It is called "Bible for the Poor", but was it really destined for the common people?

New Video: Marco Polo – The Book of Wonders Facsimile Edition

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

The Most Delightful Model Book of All

Did you ever wonder what Medieval painters used as models? Most of them had never seen exotic animals, and Gothic letters were hard to sketch by memory. One of Milan cathedral's first architects, Giovannino de' Grassi, provided them with a model book so splendid it became a work of art in its own right. Scroll down to see the video!

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As Precious as Charlemagne’s Crown

The Lorsch Gospels, written with gold ink from beginning to end, is so well-preserved one would think it was made yesterday. Yet its full-page illustrations, glowing with real silver and held together by a carved ivory cover, reflect the height of artistic brilliance of Charlemagne's court.

New Video: Boccaccio’s Decameron Facsimile Edition

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

Detail of the Papyrus Ani facsimile

From the Nile Banks to Laser Machines: Making a Papyrus Facsimile

How challenging is it to produce a papyrus facsimile? In this interview, CM Editores tell us all about how they managed to replicate a two-millennia-old treasure that merges ancient Egyptian figurative art and afterlife beliefs: the Papyrus Ani.

Bedford Hours – Unanswered Questions

You have probably heard of the Bedford Hours; many questions about this manuscript remain unanswered, so why not take the time to find out what mysteries linger on this beautifully illuminated codex?