Manuscripts and Books

Art in bound form, from medieval manuscripts adorned with jewel colors and gold to contemporary artist’s books

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Medieval Manuscripts and Digital Curation

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry virtual exhibition

From tasty to terrifying, three virtual exhibits explore the wealth of illuminated manuscripts. More»

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Reconstructing Medieval Bread

Baking Bread / Unknown illuminator, Belgium
Baking Bread (detail) in a psalter by an unknown illuminator, Belgium, mid-1200s. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, each leaf 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 14, fol. 8v

A food historian sleuths the reality of medieval bread-baking. More»

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Dig In to the Art of Food at the Getty

Pastry Shop / Abraham Brosse
Pastry Shop, 1600, Abraham Brosse. Hand-colored etching and engraving, 26.9 x 34 cm. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.63

Exhibitions and events are extra tasty this fall. More»

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The Allure of Gems and Jewelry, from Medieval to Modern

Don’t miss the bear cubs, representing the Orsini (Italian for “Little Bears”) family, patiently holding up a gold cross. Initial A: King David, Matteo da Milano, about 1520. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 87, fol. 52v
Don’t miss the bear cubs, representing the Orsini (Italian for “Little Bears”) family, patiently holding up a gold cross. Initial A: King David, Matteo da Milano, about 1520. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 87, fol. 52v

The allure of gems, from medieval manuscripts to 21st-century style pages. More»

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A Hero’s Journey and the Dance of Dragons

Alexander the Great Under Water
Alexander the Great Under Water (detail), about 1400–10, unknown artist, in the World Chronicle. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 33, fol. 220v

Over-the-top tales of Alexander the Great from the pages of medieval manuscripts. More»

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The Sun King Illuminated: An Emblem Book for Louis XIV

Escutcheon with a Landscape / Jacques Bailly
Escutcheon with a Landscape (detail) from Emblems for Louis XIV, text in French and Latin by Charles Perrault, illuminations by Jacques Bailly, about 1663–68. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 11, leaf 5

Sleuthing the symbols of Louis XIV in the Getty Center galleries. More»

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Medieval Manuscripts Alive: Middle French

Zrinka Stahuljak in the Manuscripts Study Room at the J. Paul Getty Museum
With the Romance of Gillion de Trazegnies in the Manuscripts Study Room

A chivalrous soap opera, read aloud. More»

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Decoding the Medieval Volvelle

Volvelle Animation

It’s part timepiece, part floppy disk, and part crystal ball. More»

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Journey to Marquette

Marquette 2

A curator’s visit to see the French town that one of our precious manuscripts was made in. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: The Research Papers of Elizabeth Roth, Keeper of Prints and Rare Books at the NYPL

Design for Fireworks Display
This print shows the design for a fireworks display that was scheduled to take place on June 22, 1763, near the Place Louis XV in Paris; the event was in celebration of the treaties marking the end of the Seven Years' War. The display features a façade elevated on a rocky island on the Seine and topped with an equestrian statue placed under a slender arch. Palm trees, exotic animals, putti, and allegorical figures appear among the rocks, while spectators are gathered on the shore.

A life’s work devoted to the unique art of festival books. More»

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