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

January 9–February 24, 2019

Mitchell Gallery Joachinus de Gigantibus de Rotenberg Book of Hours 454x304
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 French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, English, Armenian, and German medieval European Bibles, prayer books, psalters, books of hours, choir books, missals, breviaries, and lectionaries. Also included are non-Western pages, 17th- and 18th-century leaves from the Koran and Shahnameh (the Persian illustrated Book of Kings), as well as examples of Hebrew texts.

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, Tara Balfe Clifford/Cliftara Bed & Breakfast, and Rex and Katharine Pingle.

Schedule of Events

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