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S17A5 The Renaissance Print Revolution--From Manuscripts to Printed Books

In the Renaissance, books were precious art objects handwritten and exquisitely painted for a wealthy and elite audience of kings, popes, aristocrats and churchmen. Today they are preserved in museums, but lost to the general public view. Join me in recapturing the experience of turning the pages of these beautiful books. We will look at different subjects and types, such as famous early copies of Dante's Divine Comedy, St. Augustine's City of God, and the extraordinary Bibles ordered by princes and popes. We will explore paintings in tiny Books of Hours or daily prayer books used by aristocrats and ordinary households as well as the giant Choirbooks used for singing the Mass. We will follow the trail of Renaissance "book-hunters" employed by collectors like the Medici to find the old forgotten Latin and Greek classics such as Pliny's Natural History.

Instructor: Kay Arthur is Professor Emerita in Art History at JMU and founding director of the Semester in Florence program. She has taught Gothic, Byzantine and Italian Renaissance art, and has published articles on the Black Death and art, Dante manuscripts, religious confraternity arts, Byzantine icons, and Italian women artist-nuns. She has worked with the Madison Art Collection staging exhibits on Renaissance & Baroque Art, Rembrandt and the Mennonites, and Gothic Revival architecture in the Valley.


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