"Splendor of the Word" Captures a Fading World

The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library, a new exhibit, is the first in the library's history to showcase the organization's massive holdings of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

The exhibit, which runs through February 11, 2006, displays over 100 beautifully illuminated books dating from the 10th to 16th centuries. Roberta Smith of the New York Times reviews the exhibition.