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Medieval manuscripts in process

breviary illuminationHave you ever wondered how books were copied and illustrated before the printing press? A new small exhibit curated by Special Collections intern Sophie Hansen uses facsimiles of original manuscripts to show the steps used to create manuscripts in the Middle Ages, from preparing parchment to painting miniatures and margins (like the one shown above, from a late 14th/early 15th century Spanish breviary in Special Collections).

“Illumination: The Making of Medieval Manuscripts” will be on display in Special Collections’ reference area through September.

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