Manuscripts FAQ

February 19th, 2011

As part of my work as a gallery teacher at the J. Paul Getty Museum, I wrote a post for The Getty Iris blog about visitors’ questions regarding the exhibition Imagining the Past in France, 1250-1500, which featured a deluxe selection of French historical illuminated manuscripts. In my opinion, it never hurts to know a little something about parchment making, the Hundred Years’ War, and medieval narrative strategies.

Read it here: “Did Parchment Smell? Your Manuscript Questions, Answered”

The Trial of the Duke of Alençon, Jean Fouquet, about 1459-60. In Concerning the Fates of Illustrious Men and Women (Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes; original text in Latin); Giovanni Boccaccio, author; Laurent de Premierfait, translator. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. Ms. Cod. Gall. 6, fol. 2v

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