MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION
Professor Karl Whittington
This course will focus on the production and reception of manuscript drawings, illuminations, diagrams and maps in Western Europe from seventh to fifteenth centuries. We will investigate what kinds of visual materials were produced for different types of books (Bibles, Psalters, Gospels, scientific treatises, etc.), how these images related to the texts around them, and what purposes this visual material served within medieval culture. Rather than a comprehensive survey, this course selects individual case studies of illu-minated manuscripts to probe how these books were used and interpreted by their readers. The course also highlights the current scholarly debates and trends within the art-historical examination of medieval manuscripts.
This is a research-intensive course. It will include numerous visits to the Rare Books Room in Thompson Library, where we will engage directly with original medieval manuscripts and fragments. Students will work throughout the semester on an original research project, on either an original manuscript in the Rare Books Library at OSU, or a manuscript facsimile in the OSU library collection.
UG: 33057 | G: 33056
WED & FRI 12:45 - 2:05