The Divine Comedy of Alfonso of Aragon witnessed the Italian Renaissance, the Spanish Inquisition, and lived in the library of a prominent English book collector of the 19th century. We could not miss the opportunity to ask some questions!
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?
You don’t need to understand Anglo-French biblical verses to read this bible: written and illuminated in the 14th century, the codex features dozens of powerful illustrations.
Stilt walkers, acrobats, human-animal hybrids… This is not a fantasy novel: it is a world-famous Late Medieval manuscript made in Lincolnshire, England.
From now until the 25 January, “Pierre Sala’s Little Book of Love” is on display in the “Lyon Renaissance Arts et Humanisme” exhibition in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.
A brief look at Pierre Desceliers’ world map of 1550, made for Henry II of France, and one of the most beautiful maps to have survived from the Renaissance.
Selected excerpts from the commentary by Kristine Edmondson Haney on the Winchester Psalter and its famous miniature cycle, a true masterpiece of English Romanesque illumination.
The De Lisle Psalter is indeed a great monument of the European Gothic style and among the finest manuscripts displayed at the British Library.
Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination is the British Library’s first major exhibition to bring together the Library’s Royal collection, between the 9th and 16th centuries. This dazzling exhibition will debunk the myth that these were ‘the Dark Ages’ by showcasing beautiful artistic artifacts. Curated by Dr Scot McKendrick, Head of History and Classical Studies, […]