illuminated manuscripts

LOS ANGELES—Throughout the Middle Ages (about 500-1500), texts and images were disseminated primarily through handwritten and hand-drawn materials. In the 15th century, with the…

Monsters exert a timeless fascination, and have often been used as a metaphor for the strange, different, extraordinary and appalling. Demons and angels, dragons, mermaids and unicorns filled…

Uncover the rich history of illuminated manuscripts and the often bizarre images that filled the margins of medieval books.

A rabbit attempts to play a church organ, while a knight fights…

William Voelkle, Emeritus Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum, retired in September after fifty years at this illustrious institution. An exhibition…

Courtiers feasting at elaborately set tables, knights in gleaming armor, a richly clad monarch presiding over elegant festivities—these are the images often associated with the medieval and…

LOS ANGELES – Courtiers feasting at elaborately set tables, knights in gleaming armor, a richly clad monarch presiding over elegant festivities—these are the images often…

LOS ANGELES – The J. Paul Getty Museum recently announced the acquisition of the Rothschild Pentateuch, a manuscript of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, known as the Torah. Its…

Nearly everyone familiar with the world of rare books has heard of the Book of Hours, the so-called bestseller of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. However, few people, except…