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Manuscript Marginalia

Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts

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1papyri
Sep 5, 2009, 7:54pm Top

Out of Bounds: Images in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts.

Exhibit at
The Getty Center
Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 1 - Nov. 8 2009

The term "marginalia" refers to writing and decorations outside the blocks of text and larger illustrations on the pages of books and manuscripts. In the Middle Ages, the margins of books were often embellished with images of various types. These include fantastic and exotic creatures, visual puns, and scenes from daily life.

This exhibition traces the historical stages and evolution in manuscript marginalia from the early Middle Ages through to the late Medieval world.

There is also an interactive on-line feature which allows you to explore the fantastic margins in two of the Getty's manuscripts.

For more information about the exhibit visit the exhibit page. It includes a downloadable 5 page PDF illustrated exhibit checklist.

- information adapted and modified from the Exhibition description at the Getty Web site.

2lilithcat
Sep 5, 2009, 10:16pm Top

Great site, thanks!

Have you read Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art, by Michael Camille? Fascinating book.

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