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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.

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, and the Watt Family.

Schedule of Events

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

January 27 Lecture. Stephanie Stillo, Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections at the Library of Congress, will lecture at 3 p.m.

February 14 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour followed by a discussion of a related book from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Artists Jean Brinton Jaecks and Harry Jaecks will lead the discussion. Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556.

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

Gifts in-kind

Art Things, Inc., Kathleen McSherry, Merrifield Graphics and Publishing Service, and Up.St.ART.