COURSE: An Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts in the Middle Ages, Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London.
The Royal Manuscripts exhibition has recently brought into light some of the British Library treasures, reminding one that the vast majority of Western medieval painting has survived, not on large scale panels nor adorning walls of monasteries and private residences, but in the pages of innumerable manuscripts surviving in libraries around the world. In this course we will discover their hidden riches, placing manuscripts in the original context of their production, looking at how they were made, by whom and for whom.
What will I learn on the course?
* Know how medieval manuscripts were made and what materials were used
* Understand the evolution of manuscript production and the importance of patronage throughout the Middle Ages
* Have been introduced to a range of manuscripts from different periods and different countries through a few case studies: from Bibles to bestiaries, from encyclopaedias to romances…
What will I be doing in class?
* Students will be learning through PowerPoint lectures and class discussion.
* Students will be encouraged to ask questions and make comments during class.
* A select bibliography and list of useful websites will be given at the beginning of the course, and a slide list will be provided at each class.
What next, after the course ends?
You are encouraged to complement the course with visits to places where medieval manuscripts are on public display, such as the British Library or the Victoria and Albert Museum, or to exhibitions including such material, so that you can experience these artefacts at first hand.
Information about the course:
* Course Codes: VAH063A
* Start Date: 18 Oct 2012
* End Date: 25 Oct 2012
* Days: Thursday
* Times: 11:00 – 13:00
* Sessions: 2
* Fee: £40
* Senior fee: £40
* Tutor: Catherine Yvard
* Availability: Yes