The Divan’s whereabouts remained a mystery until last year, when Dutch art crime investigator Arthur Brand — sometimes referred to as “the Indiana Jones of the art world” — tracked it down.
A new digitization project brings together 800 medieval manuscripts and offers a different image of the early middle ages: one of connection and exchange.
In Written on Skin, currently playing at Opera Philadelphia, an illuminated manuscript artist gets involved with his patron’s wife.
Illuminating Women in the Medieval World at the Getty Center in Los Angeles explores the lives of women in the Middle Ages through their representation in illuminated manuscripts.
The British Library owns the only extant illustrated Old English herbal, and it recently digitized the entire manuscript.
The Aberdeen Bestiary is filled with paintings of animals that illustrate tales of moral behavior. You can now page through it online.
For viewers accustomed to looking at paintings on canvas and panel, manuscripts are a different beast.
One benefit of digitization is the return to the public, if only virtually, of religious and cultural artifacts often long hidden in the collections of institutions far from their regions of origin.