Tag: Manuscripts

Lecture Series to accompany An Illumination – The Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280–1685

A lecture series to accompany the current exhibition of art from the Kerry Stokes collection on at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. See the website to register for individual lectures. All lectures are free to attend. Tuesday 8 September 2015 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Kate Challis | Down the Rabbit Hole: An intimate look at Rothschild Prayer Book within a new era of art production and society The Rothschild Prayer Book has been called “exceptional”, “exquisite”, “legendary” and “one of the most important manuscripts to be offered at auction”. This lecture reveals the reasons for these accolades by providing an intimate look at the miniatures and borders. Central to appreciating the Rothschild Prayer Book is an understanding of its historical context. Interior designer Dr Kate Challis will take the audience on a journey divulging central questions regarding the book’s content, its…

Book Launch | Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Kerry Stokes Collection

Australian Capital Equity Pty Ltd cordially invites you to the launch of Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600: Illuminated Manuscripts from teh Kerry Stokes Collection, by Professor Emeritus Margaret Manion and Professor Charles Zika,  University of Melbourne. About the book The Kerry Stokes Collection is one of the most significant and respected private collections of art and historical material in Australia.Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Kerry Stokes Collection features a select group of twelve handmade books or ‘manuscripts’. Each makes a distinct contribution to the history of the book itself. With a generous number of colour illustrations and written by experts in the field, Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600 makes these important historical artefacts available to the public for the very first time. To be launched by The Honourable Dr Barry Jones, AO Date: 6.30pm, Monday 11 November Venue: Readings…

Lecture | An Intriguing Gregorian Manuscript – John Martyn

2013 Margaret Manion Lecture by Associate Professor John Martyn This free public lecture will focus on an extraordinary illuminated manuscript – made up of forty one letters by Pope Gregory the Great – which is one of a significant group of Latin manuscripts held in the collection of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne. Associate Professor John Martyn has recently published a book on this exciting find. In this lecture, he will analyse this Gregorian manuscript in some detail – including his suggestions as to its most likely place and date of production, as well as an examination of the manuscript’s highly unusual capital letters. After graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, John Martyn was appointed to the staff of the Classics Department of the University of Melbourne. A leading expert on the early Dark Ages in…

Lecture | The Science and Art of Manuscripts

Hosted by the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Professor Amir Zekrgoo | A 17th century Illustrated Manuscript of Shahnameh: An Analytical Study Shahnameh, “The Book of Kings”, is the Iranian national epic that was composed in the late 10th century CE by the Iranian poet Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi. This lecture presents analytical research on an outstanding historical illustrated manuscript of Shahnameh, dated 1021 AH (1612-1613 CE), preserved in the collection of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, International Islamic University, Malaysia. Professor Amir Zekrgoo is an artist, art historian and Indologist. He has to his credit several books and over a hundred journal articles in English, Persian and Urdu. He is presently professor of Islamic and Oriental Arts at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, International Islamic University, Malaysia. Associate…

EVCS | Solidarity, Betrayal, and Opportunism: Deluxe Manuscript Production for Two High-Status Couples in Renaissance Florence

European Visual Culture Seminar Solidarity, Betrayal, and Opportunism: Deluxe Manuscript Production for Two High-Status Couples in Renaissance Florence Hugh Hudson This paper will discuss two deluxe Florentine Renaissance manuscripts in Melbourne collections, the manuscript containing the Scriptores historiae Augustae in the State Library of Victoria, and the Strozzi-Acciaioli Hours in the National Gallery of Victoria, interpreting their heraldry, emblems, inscriptions, and texts, as well as archival evidence, to describe the circumstances surrounding their commissions. It has been possible in the case of the former manuscript to identify more reliable evidence for the original owners, Lorenzo de’ Medici and Clarice Orsini, than in previous studies. In the latter case it has been possible to identify the more likely original owners as Benedetto Strozzi and Caterina Acciaioli, than those suggested to date. The approach taken is also broader than in previous studies,…

Review | Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond. Reviewed by Adam Bushby

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond Reviewed by Adam Bushby Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond, State Library of Victoria, Keith Murdoch Gallery, until 1 July 2012. Illustrated manuscripts from Persia, Ottoman Turkey and Mughal India are rare treats in Melbourne. Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond presents a modest but varied collection of manuscripts drawn mostly from the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, covering the period between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. The subject matter is both profane and sacred, familiar secular stories such as One Thousand and One Nights giving way to stories of love and illustrations of the natural world representing the divine. I suspect that most viewers, like me, approach these manuscripts tentatively, because the images they contain appear so different from those one is accustomed to meeting in traditional art histories. For…

Exhibition | Opening Day for ‘Love and Devotion: from Persia and Beyond’

Opening day celebration: Love and devotion Date: Friday 9 March 2012, 11:00am – 4:00pm Venue: Experimedia, State Library of Victoria via main entry, Swanston St Free and open to the public The State Library of Victoria is running a special day of activities to mark the opening of the exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond. The free exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond (9 March–1 July 2012) celebrates the beauty of Persian manuscripts and the stories of human and divine love told through their pages from the early 11th century on. Many of the manuscripts on show have been loaned from the world-renowned collection of the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford; other exhibits are rare works from the State Library of Victoria and other Australian collections. More information available here. Activities running on Friday 9th March. Curators’…

Funding: Research Assistant ‘The Production and Reading of Polyphonic Music Sources’ (Warburg Institute)

Research Assistant in Art History (fixed term, 3 years) The Production and Reading of Polyphonic Music Sources, 1480–1530 Warburg Institute, University of London The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 1 November 2010, and interviews will be held in London on Thursday, 11 November 2010. Applications are invited for a research assistantship in Art History, as part of this major research project funded by the AHRC. The research project is conducted in partnership between Bangor University and the Warburg Institute (University of London), in collaboration with the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM) and the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (King’s College, London). It will present the first systematic study of mise-en-page – the ways in which verbal text, musical notation and other graphic devices interact on the written or printed page – for sources of…

News: Digitised Manuscripts Website Launched by British Library

Digitised Manuscripts Website Launched by British Library The British Library has launched a Digitised Manuscripts site. It features full coverage of 284 Greek manuscripts drawn from the library’s Additional and Harley manuscript collections. The manuscripts, dating from the sixth to the 18th centuries, encompass a wide range of literary, historical, biblical, liturgical and scientific texts. Some of the manuscripts are beautifully illuminated, including an artistic highlight of the collection, the Theodore Psalter (Add. MS 19352). Apparently this is part of an 18 month project, the site will continued to be enhanced and new content will be added over this period. It is a pilot for wider plans by the library to digitise all the medieval and early manuscript collections. Further details can be found here. In recent years the British Library has begun putting its collection online. Other digitsiation projects…