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Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th–18th Centuries

January 9–February 24, 2019

Joachinus de Gigantibus de Rotenberg (illuminator), German, active 1440s–1490s and Pietro Ursuleo of Capua (scribe), Italian, died 1484. Bifolios from a Book of Hours, Italian, 1465–1483. Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on parchment. Museum Purchase Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Explore the rich pageantry of the Golden Age of handmade manuscripts. Many of these Western and Non-Western artisans employed elaborate gold leaf decoration, calligraphy, and intricate ornamentation on parchment and vellum.

This exhibition includes European and middle-Eastern medieval Bibles, prayer books, psalters, breviaries, and other sacred manuscripts. Examples from Hebrew texts, leaves from the Koran and the Persian epic poem, “Shahnameh” (the Persian “Book of Kings”), are included.

Listen to the WBJC interview with Lucinda Edinberg, Mitchell Gallery Art Educator, about the Painted Pages exhibition.

Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th–18th Centuries is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Exhibition support provided by Melvin and Judy Bender, James W. Cheevers, Tara Balfe Clifford/Cliftara Bed & Breakfast, Rex and Katharine Pingle, Joan Vinson, and the Watt Family.

Schedule of Events

Docent tours on Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. Free, no registration required.

Stephanie StilloJanuary 27 Lecture and Members’ Reception. Stephanie Stillo, curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections at the Library of Congress, will present a lecture on “The Painted and the Printed: The Illustrated Book in Western Europe, c. 1450-1500” at 3 p.m. Mitchell Gallery Members’ Libations and Conversation Reception immediately following the lecture. Become a member. Registration required to attend the lecture. Register for Lecture and Members’ Reception.

January 29 “Tuesday Try-It” Workshop I, 2–4 p.m. Participants, led by artist Jean Brinton Jaecks, will create and paint a decorative initial letter from an illuminated manuscript based on examples from the Medieval to the Renaissance. No experience necessary. $15 for Mitchell Gallery members; $25 for non-members. Supplies provided. Adults ages 16 years and up. Registration required. Call 410-626-2556 or register for “Tuesday Try-It” Workshop I. This event is FULL.

February 6 Art Express Lunchtime Tour. Join Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg for a tour from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

February 14 Book Club, 2:30–4:30 p.m. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour followed by a discussion of selected chapters of Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay. Artists Jean Brinton Jaecks and Harry Jaecks will lead the discussion. Registration is required. The book is for sale in the St. John’s College Bookstore with a 10% discount for Mitchell Gallery members. This program is FULL.

February 17 Sunday Afternoon Lecture. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m.

February 19 “Tuesday Try-It” Workshop II, 2–4 p.m. With the guidance of artist bookmaker Joan Machinchick, participants will create a simple two signature book sewn on tapes, with cover. No experience necessary. Supplies provided. $15 for Mitchell Gallery members; $25 for non-members. Adults ages 16 years and up. Registration required. Call 410-626-2556 or register for “Tuesday Try-It” Workshop II.

February 24 “Winter Winds” Annapolis Symphony Wind Quartet in the Mitchell Gallery, 3 p.m. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra presents “Winter Winds,” the second concert of their Chamber Music Series, taking place at a variety of local venues around town. The Annapolis Symphony Wind Quartet, featuring flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, will perform compositions from French composers Jaxques Ibert and Jean Francaiz, and German composer Karl Goepfart. $25 per ticket. Limited seating is available. Call 410-263-0907 or visit for more information. SOLD OUT! There are no tickets available.

Gifts in-kind

Kathleen McSherry, Merrifield Graphics and Publishing Service, the Symmetry Agency, and Up.St.ART.