Printing Text and Images in Italy

CONFERENCE – More than Meets the Page: Printing Text and Images in Italy, 1570s-1700s, University of Warwick, 4 March 2017.

For Italy, the ‘long seventeenth century’ was a period of considerable financial challenges. This was especially evident on the book market. Nevertheless, thanks to new techniques and formats which mutually related text and images within the same publication, innovative genres were born that were marketed towards both ends of the audience spectrum, from the learned to the illiterate.

More than meets the page: Printing Text and Images in Italy, 1570s-1700s aims to investigate the ways in which the consolidation of the book and print trade influenced the development of such new book genres from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth century. The new commercial items, moreover, contributed to the spread of cultural phenomena, for instance the Grand Tour through its souvenir prints that were sometimes incorporated in atlases.

This one-day interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine these matters by focusing on the products, audiences and professionals involved. By doing so, it sets out to lay the foundations for a shared history of printed products and markets in the early modern period. The conference promotes a multi- disciplinary perspective, bridging the gaps between art history, history of the book and other disciplines such as intellectual history and communication studies.


Session 1: Understanding Techniques and Genres
Chair: Dr Rosa Salzberg (University of Warwick)
Keynote lecture: Dr Angela Mc Shane (RCA/V&A, London).

* Liz Miller (V&A Museum, London), ‘Libri et Stampe in Rame’: A Bound Volume of Antonio Lafreri’s Architectural and Ornament Publications
* Dr Loretta Vandi (Scuola del libro, Urbino), Handy and Cheap: Giovanni Baleni Printer and Seller of Chap-books in Late Sixteenth-century Florence and Lucca
* Dr Floriana Giallombardo (University of Palermo), The Venetian Musei by Paolo Boccone (1697): The Illustrated Natural Book and the Social Production of Natural Knowledge.

Session 2: Tracing Networks
Chair: Prof Max Engammare (Institut de l’Historie de la Réformation, University of Geneva)
Keynote lecture: Dr Marika Keblusek (Leiden University).

* Ingeborg van Vugt (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa/Amsterdam University), Books beyond Borders? The Circulation of Prohibited Books in the Epistolary Network of Antonio Magliabechi
* Dr Huub van der Linden (École Française de Rome/University College Roosevelt), The Private Exchange of Printed Ephemera between Bologna and Rome around 1700
* Dr Nina Lamal (University of St Andrews), Challenges and Opportunities: Printing and Marketing the First Italian Newspapers.

Session 3: Evolving Markets and Audiences
Chair: Prof Ingrid de Smet (University of Warwick)
* Julia Martins (The Warburg Institute), Illustrating Alchemical Recipes: Books of Secrets and the Case of I Secreti della Signora Isabella Cortese in Early Modern Italy
* Dr Domenico Ciccarello (University of Palermo), Baroque imagery and literary genres in Sicily. An overview across print books with illustrations
* Dr Flavia Bruni (Sapienza University/University of St Andrews), Becoming Peripheral. The Decline of the Italian Book Market in the Seventeenth Century.

Roundtable and closing remarks.

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La scrittura dipinta in mostra a Pavia


EXHIBITION: La scrittura dipinta. I corali di San Michele Maggiore e la miniatura tra sacro e profano nei manoscritti della Biblioteca Universi- taria, Pavia, Biblioteca Universitaria, 4 febbraio – 4 marzo 2017. A cura di Maria Grazia Albertini Ottolenghi.

La Basilica di San Michele Maggiore possiede tre codici liturgici splendidamente miniati databili all’ultimo quarto del XV secolo. Dal loro recentissimo e sapiente restauro, affidato al laboratorio di Chiara Perugini e Francesca Toscani, ha preso l’avvio questa mostra che, accanto ai due antifonari e al graduale della chiesa pavese, raduna una trentina di preziosi manoscritti miniati conservati presso la Biblioteca Universitaria di Pavia.

Sono per la maggior parte codici miniati di carattere liturgico o legati alla pratica religiosa (libri d’ore, breviari, innari, evangeliari), cui si aggiunge una significativa esemplificazione di manoscritti contenenti testi letterari, filosofici, giuridici e scientifici che costituiscono quasi una brevissima storia della miniatura dal XIII al XV secolo.

Le miniature dei corali di San Michele permettono di aprire uno spiraglio su un momento importante della cultura artistica a Pavia nell’ultimo quarto del Quattrocento di cui è protagonista un notevole miniatore denominato Maestro dei corali di San Salvatore, ma altri manoscritti aggiungono nuovi tasselli al panorama della miniatura pavese dal ’300 al ’400. Sono esposti, inoltre, a confronto, esempi di testi miniati lombardi (milanesi) toscani, bolognesi ma anche d’oltralpe (borgognoni, inglesi, francesi).

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Oxford Bibliographical Society Grants 2017

GRANTS: Oxford Bibliographical Society 2017.

The Oxford Bibliographical Society is offering an annual series of grants to help in defraying the costs of holding conferences, exhibitions and workshops; to support small projects such as the web-publication of unpublished catalogues of manuscripts and printed books; and to provide assistance to scholars in obtaining reproductions or undertaking essential travel as part of projects whose aims are in line with those of the Oxford Bibliographical Society.

Applications should comprise: a brief outline of the project, conference or work (no more than 200 words); its overall cost with a break-down of how the grant would be used; the name, address and e-mail address of one referee; and the applicant’s contact details (including a postal address).

The applicant does not have to be a member of the Society. If the applicant is a Council member, he/she will of course be excluded from the decision-making process. Applications need not relate to Oxford, however Oxford-based or Oxford-related submissions may be prioritised. Funding levels may vary from year to year, but it is anticipated that Council will make awards of not more than £1,500 in total in each year.

Successful applicants will be required to mention the contribution of the Society in any written, printed, on-line or other visual material relating to the event, work or research, and to submit for publication via the website and other appropriate means a brief report (300–500 words) on the use to which the grant was put.

Applications should be submitted to the Secretary by 31 March 2017 in each year and will be evaluated by Council at its Spring Meeting. Applications received after 31 March will be considered in the following year’s round of grants. Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible after the spring meeting. The results will be announced at the Society’s AGM and on its website.

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I manoscritti dei Ss. Giovanni e Paolo di Venezia

CONFERENCE: La cura dei libri. I manoscritti del Convento dei Ss. Giovanni e Paolo ora nella biblioteca dei Redentoristi alla Fava, Venezia, Ospedale civile, Sala San Domenico, 3 marzo 2017, ore 15.30.


* Massimo Mancini O.P. (Facoltà teologica del Triveneto, Padova), Otto secoli di vita domenicana a Venezia
* Susy Marcon (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venezia), La biblioteca dei Domenicani ai SS. Giovanni e Paolo: un profilo
* Simonetta Pelusi /Centro studi veneziani Biblion), La biblioteca di S. Maria della Consolazione, detta “della Fava”, i suoi manoscritti e Riccardo Quinto
* Barbara Vanin e Francesco Bernardi, Il catalogo online dei manoscritti medievali di S. Maria della Fava.

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Remembering Antiquity


EXHIBITION – Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World through Medieval Eyes, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, 24 January – 28 May 2017.

In a rare juxtaposition of antiquities from the Getty Villa and manuscripts from the Museum’s collection, this exhibition explores medieval responses to the ancient world. For more than a thousand years following the fall of Rome (476 A.D.), classical culture lived on in European literature and art. Medieval scribes translated and preserved classical texts, while artists adapted and embellished images of ancient rulers and mythical heroes for inclusion in Christian manuscripts. Although the “rediscovery” of Greek and Roman culture is often associated with the Renaissance, antiquity was never forgotten.

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500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

EXHIBITION: 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, 4 February – 30 April 2017; and Center for Jewish History, New York, 14 May – 6 August 2017. Curatorial Advisor: Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints, Folger Shakespeare Library); Guest Curator: Peter Kid (Corpus Christi College, Oxford).

Founded 500 years ago in 1517, Corpus Christi College, one of the oldest of the 38 self-governing colleges at the modern University of Oxford, is a repository of extraordinary treasures, few of which have ever been seen by the public. To mark its 500th anniversary, a selection of fifty manuscripts and early printed books from its celebrated Library, ranging in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries, is being brought to America for the first time.

Focusing on the first hundred years of the College’s existence, the exhibition introduces its Founder, Richard Fox, powerful Bishop of Winchester and adviser to Henry VII and Henry VIII, and its first President, John Claymond, who laid the foundations of the Library’s great collection. From the start, Corpus—the first Renaissance college at Oxford—was to pursue Humanist ideals of scholarship in three languages: not just Latin, but also Greek and Hebrew, the original languages of the Bible, along with such other subjects as Astronomy, Mathematics, Medicine, and Philosophy.

A series of display-cases present books in each of these languages, including a number that are bilingual and even trilingual. Most notable among them are a group that has been called “the most important collection of Anglo-Jewish manuscripts in the world”; these works of the 12th and 13th centuries include a series of volumes apparently commissioned by Christians from Jews, from which to learn Hebrew and study biblical texts in their original language, as well as the commentaries of Rashi and what is thought to be the oldest surviving Ashkenazi prayer book.

Highlighting Corpus’ role in the development of science and medicine at Oxford, the exhibition finishes with a series of ground-breaking works, from Galileo’s first observation of the moon using a telescope and Sir Isaac Newton’s autograph observations of Halley’s comet to Hooke’s observations of insects using a microscope and Vesalius’ studies of the human body.

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Postdoctoral Scholar in Italian Paleography

FELLOWSHIP: Postdoctoral Scholar in Italian Paleography, Center for Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago. Two-year full-time, grant-funded, exempt position; 35 hours a week, Monday- Friday.

Reporting to the Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies, the Postdoctoral Scholar will assist with preparing materials for inclusion in an online handbook for Italian paleography, 1300-1700.

* Assisting with the selection of original source documents for inclusion in the site;
* Preparing database entries for them;
* Drafting reference resources;
* Translating manuscripts and secondary sources into English;
* Encoding the documents and reference resources.

* PhD in field relating to Italian medieval and/or early modern studies (e.g., history, art history, philosophy, literature);
*  Exceptional writing and editing skills in English;
* Fluent reading knowledge of Italian in its modern and early forms;
* Experience with archival research in Italy;
* Coursework in paleography in early modern Italian;
* Familiarity with Access database and TEI encoding knowledge preferred (or ability to learn new applications quickly).

Application Deadline: 28 February 2017. Review will begin 1 March 2017 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application materials should include cover letter, cv, and contact information for three references and should be sent via email to

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From Codex to Code


CONFERENCE - From Codex to Code: Ten years of research by graduates of the Ligatus Research Centre, Banqueting Hall of the Chelsea College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London, John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU, Friday, 24 February 2017, from 10am to 6pm.

The 10th Anniversary of the Ligatus Research Centre at the CCW Graduate School will be celebrated with a conference at which the first seven PhD and M.Phil graduates will present papers about their current research interests.


* Georgios Boudalis (Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki), The birth of the codex and the crafts of Late Antiquity
* Alberto Campagnolo (Library of Congress, Washington DC), The digital representation of books as objects: From cultural objects to digital cultural objects
* Anna Gialdini (University of the Arts London), Luxury, Hybridism, and the Strange Greekness of Some Florentine Bindings
* Theresa Zammit Lupi (The Notarial Archives, Valletta, Malta), On the parchment trail: Following music manuscripts from Malta
* Heather Ravenberg (Saint Catherine Foundation), Documentation schemas for recording conservation activity
* Martha Romero (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), From research to practice
* Nikolas Sarris (National Library of Greece, Athens, Thesaurus-Islamicus project, Cairo), The Ligatus Condition Assessment Form: A tool for training, studio workflows and surveys: Experiences from Iraq, Ethiopia and Egypt.

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Artists’ Writings on Materials and Techniques

CONFERENCE: Artists’ Writings on Materials and Techniques, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas, 24 – 25 February 2017.

In writings ranging from journals and letters to workshop manuals, autobiographies, and poems, visual artists turn to text to describe the materials and techniques of their practice. Cennino Cennini instructed young painters in grinding pigments and preparing wooden panels in a vernacular manual that is also a nascent history and theory of Renaissance art.

Jacopo Pontormo logged the day’s work along with his meals and his various physical complaints, and Benvenuto Cellini dramatized the casting of his bronze Perseus. Michelangelo’s Sonnet 5 is a wry lament about the torments of painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel: “…the brush that is always above my face, by dribbling down, makes it an ornate pavement.”

Eugène Delacroix kept dozens of journals over the course of forty years, many of them bringing together text and sketches. And in three published journals Anne Truitt wrote to understand her work as a sculptor and as a mother.

This symposium brings together art historians, curators, and conservators to explore artists’ writings about materials and techniques. The aim of the symposium is twofold: first, to define and explore the range of artists’ texts that treat working practices, and by extension to understand the relationships between artists’ textual and visual practices; and second, to ask how these writings inform our work as scholars, curators, and conservators.


24 FEBRUARY 2017
McDermott Suite (McDermott Library, fourth floor)
* Welcome from Rick Brettell, Founding Director, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

* Anna Lovatt (Southern Methodist University), “I will myself be ultramarine”: Identity and Materiality in Anne Truitt’s Writings
* Leigh Arnold (Nasher Sculpture Center), Conveying a Sense of Place: Nancy Holt’s Writings on Site-Specific Works 
* Elpida Vouitsis (O’Donnell Institute), The Resourceful Paul Gauguin
* Paul Galvez (O’Donnell Institute), Conversations with Courbet.

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History (ATEC 2.800)
* Amy Freund (Southern Methodist University), Lifelike: Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s Writings on Painting and Color 
* Mark Rosen (O’Donnell Institute), Airopaidia: The Balloonist as Viewer, Surveyor, and Artist 
* Sarah Kozlowski (O’Donnell Institute), Piero: painter, writer.

Keynote Lecture: Michael Cole (Columbia University), Techniques of Writing.

25 FEBRUARY 2017
* Roundtable conversation on artists’ writings and conservation practice, with contributions from Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (The Whitney) and Mareika Opena (Contemporary Conservation Ltd.), and with the participation of Mark Leonard (DMA), Fran Baas (DMA), and Laura Hartman (DMA).

* Presentation and roundtable conversation with Catherine Craft (Nasher), The Process of Translation / The Translation of Process: Questions raised by the works of Jean Arp.

Keynote Lecture
* James Meyer (Dia Art Foundation), The Sign Painter.

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Bodleian Master classes in Early Modern MSS

LECTURES: Bodleian Master classes in Early Modern Manuscripts, Horton Room, Weston Library (Level 1), Broad Street, Oxford OX1, at 2:15. All welcome with a Bodleian reader’s ticket or University card. Others please email


23 January 2017 (Week 2)
* Victoria Pickering (QMUL), Richard Richardson and his ‘Botanick friends’: Bodleian correspondence and natural history in the early eighteenth century

6 February 2017 (Week 4)
* Chris Fletcher (Bodleian), “Good Mr Wagstaffe”: A project team presentation showcasing new electronic student editions of early modern letters in the Bodleian

20 February 2017 (Week 6)
* Justin Begley (Oxford), Margaret Cavendish in the Bodleian: Gifts, Corrections, and Annotations

6 March 2017 (Week 8)
* Daniel Starza-Smith (KCL), A manuscript of John Donne’s ‘Goodfriday’ from the collection of Robert S. Pirie: Poor memorial reconstruction, or authorial early version?

Parchment, Paper and Pixels


CONFERENCE: Parchment, Paper and Pixels Medieval Writing and Modern Technology, Regional Historic Centre Limburg, Sint Pieterstraat 7, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2 – 3 February 2017.

Since the establishment of the disciplines of Diplomatics and Paleography in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, their goals and methods have been consistently expanded and improved. The domain of Codicology, established in the twentieth century, has seen similar advancements. The emphasis on methods and techniques observed in these three disciplines can be explained by their common denomination: besides being academic disciplines in their own right, they are ‘auxiliary sciences’ and as such developed for the purpose of studying medieval manuscripts as historical and literary sources.

Over the past few decades the methods of Diplomatics, Paleography and Codicology have witnessed revolutionary changes, thanks to the digital revolution. This conference aims to examine possibilities for collaboration between scholars of medieval sources and those in the digital sciences. Key questions include: How do traditional (analogue) methods relate to new (digital) tools? Will digital analysis be the major focus of future research in the field? Which lines of inquiry and digital projects have proven successful, and which appear less fruitful? How may we ensure the longevity of our digital tools and editions?


* Keynote: Peter Stokes (King’s College London), Pixels in Parchment and Parchment in Pixels: Closing the Interpretative Loop of Digital Palaeography.

* Exhibition of some outstanding books and documents from RHCL, selected and commented by Gerard Venner and Geertrui Van Synghel.
* Excursion for foreign participants to the St Servaas church.
* Public lectures (in Dutch): Erik Kwakkel (Leiden University) and Truus Roks (RHCL).

Chair: Els De Paermentier (Ghent University, Henri Pirenne Institute)
* Eef Dijkhof (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands), Transcription Matters: Methods of Transcribing Historical Documents and the Impact of New Techniques
* Torsten Hiltmann and David Gniffke (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Digital Edition of ‘Comment les obseques se doivent faire’
* Miguel Calleja Puerta (Universidad de Oviedo) and Francisco Javier Álvarez Carbajal (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Universidad de Oviedo), The Diplomatic Edition of notarial and municipal charters in the Digital Age
* Miriam Edlich-Muth (Free University Berlin), Feature Selection in Mapping ‘Floire et Blancheflor’.

Chair: Ed Van der Vlist (Royal Library The Hague)
* Mariken Teeuwen (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands), Digital collections of medieval manuscripts: What can we do with them and what not?
* Suzette Van Haaren (Utrecht University), Encoded Parchment and Digital Sustainability. How digital materiality affects the representation, reproduction and preservation of medieval manuscripts
* Agata Dierick (Municipal archives of Leuven), Itinera Nova | New ways to the digital disclosure of archival sources.

Keynote: Georg Vogeler (University of Graz), Integration of Charter Databases: On the Relationship Between Regesta Imperii and

Chair: Eef Dijkhof (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands)
* Mats Dahllöf (Uppsala University), Automatic Scribe Attribution for Medieval Manuscripts
* Dominique Stutzmann (l’Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, CNRS, UPR 841), Confronting human and machine generated script classifications
* Stephen Smith (Electronics, University of York, UK), Márjory Da Costa-Abreu (DIMAp, UFRN, Brazil) and Deborah Thorpe (Electronics / Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, UK), Visualisation and dynamic analysis of medieval writing processes in the context of neurological diseases and disorders
* Georg Vogeler (University of Graz), Final Conclusions.

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Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts


EXHIBITION: Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 17 November 2016 – 11 February 2017. Co-curators: Maureen Warren and Anna Chen.

Both before and after the advent of movable type in Europe, circa 1450, artists created hand-drawn and hand-embellished scrolls, books, and maps. In Western Europe during the Middle Ages, manuscript ornamentation became a flourishing art form, enriching secular and sacred items alike.

Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts brings together a selection of works that are owned in whole or in part by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including items in the Krannert Art Museum collection and items housed at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, and the Newberry Library in Chicago.

The exhibition showcases Western European manuscripts from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries and examines issues associated with the production of illuminations and other decorations, patronage, owner additions and modifications, the impact of printing technologies, the reuse of parchment, book breaking, and the legacy of the self-professed “biblioclast” Otto F. Ege.

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