Illuminations: Manuscript, Medium, Message

caption:In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

Manuscript illumination has often been considered in relation to the texts it accompanies, but rarely in terms of its interplay with other artistic media. Historically, however, the technique was closely associated with other forms of artistic expression and served as a crucial point of contact and transfer for visual motifs across space and time. The goal of this year’s symposium is to examine cases of intermedial exchange through the lenses of technique, style, iconography, social context and cultural geography, while also posing broader questions about the deep connections between the craft of illumination and other arts more widely. Of special interest will be insights gained from the technical examination of works in different media, new comparisons made possible by digital technology and the discovery of linkages once obscured by strict historiographical divisions

The program will begin 5 p.m. on November 15, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, with a keynote lecture by Susie Nash, Courtauld Institute of Art. The symposium will continue November 16-17 at the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts in Penn’s Van Pelt Library.

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$35 ($10 for students with valid student ID).