Scribal Arts

Calligraphy, illumination, paper making, bookbinding, printing, and related sciences and arts

Vindolanda Writing Tablets to return home

Thanks to a UK£1.8m grant from regional development agency One North East, the Vindolanda Writing Tablets, the rich chronicle of Roman military in Britain, will be coming home to Vindolanda for "a rolling programme of displays" in 2012.

Pages from da Vinci's "Codex Atlanticus" unglued

A group of Benedictine nuns from the Abbey of Viboldone haave been working tirelessly for months to unbind Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, a collection of writings and drawings bound into a single volume in the 17th century by sculptor Pompeo Leoni.

Dragons invade Canada

Does the Canadian air suddenly seem a little bit more sparkly? Have residents caught a glimpse of an unusual burst of fire in the sky over Montreal? Perhaps it is because Mythic Beasts have invaded the Canadian Museum of Civilization!

Colleagues of Calligraphy to host conference in Minnesota

Those interested in the scribal arts may want to plan to attend The Calligraphy Connection, "an international assembly of lettering artists" which will be held June 20-27, 2009 at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Calligraphy Connection

Welcome to The Calligraphy Connection, the 29th International Calligraphy Conference. The conference will take place June 20-27, 2009 at St. John's College in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Mysteries of Moctezuma revealed at the British Museum

In the last exhibit of a series on emperors, the British Museum will present Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler which reveals elements of the mysterious life of the last emperor of the Aztecs. The exhibition will run 24 September 2009 to 24 January 2010. (photos)

Illuminated pages "looking at the innards of a bejeweled watch"

Single illuminated pages from medieval manuscripts often end up as single exhibits in museums, or worse, stuck in a drawer, unviewed and unappreciated, but a new exhibit Heaven on Earth: Manuscript Illuminations From the National Gallery of Art showcases these single pieces as the gems they are. Paul Richard of The Washington Post has a review.

Medieval treasures in Nashville until June 7, 2009

Residents of Nashville, Tennessee have the rare opportunity to view "some of the finest medieval art in the United States" when the Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art now through June 7, 2009.

"The Secret of Kells" brings illumination to life

A 12-year-old boy fights off Vikings to help complete the Book of Kells in a new animated adventure from Cartoon Saloon. The film was scheduled for release late winter 2009.

Digital Maciejowski Bible online

The Medieval Tymes website is hosting a digitized copy of the Maciejowski Bible, a 13th century manuscript commissioned by King Louis IX (Saint Louis) of France and executed by unknown scribes.

Liturgical manuscripts and medieval miniatures at the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia is the setting for an exhibition of liturgical music manuscripts dating from the 10th through 16th centuries. Cantate Domino: Medieval Music Manuscripts in the Free Library of Philadelphia, 900-1500 will be open until June 26, 2009.

World Digital Library launches with 1,200 documents

The World Digital Library, Unesco's project to "promote curiosity and understanding across cultures," has launched its website with 1,200 documents ranging from a" 1,000-year-old Japanese novel to the earliest known map to mention America by name."

Magna Carta Viewer offers in depth look at England's historic past

Visitors to the British Library's Treasures in Full: Magna Carta website are invited to enjoy an in-depth look at the document through the use of Magna Carta Viewer, a Shockwave plugin, which can be downloaded free from the Adobe website. The site also includes a simple, clickable website that allows viewers to zoom in for a closeup look.

Letters and papers of Henry VIII online

British History Online has posted the letters and papers of Henry VIII from the beginning of the king's reign in 1509 until January 1547. The website includes daily journal and calendar entries.

Met offers treasures of the Korean Renaissance

Visitors to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will be treated to a small exhibit of ceramic jars, lacquer boxes, and scroll paintings from 15th - 17th century Korea when they encounter Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400-1600. (photos)

Over 9,000 books "mislaid" at British Library

Every librarian understands the concept of "missing" books: those volumes stolen, mis-shelved, or misplaced that usually turn up. But if those books are at the British Library and number in the thousands, the problem could be disastrous.

Handwriting suggests Henry VIII "emotionally dependent on women"

A recent analysis of the handwriting of King Henry VIII shows that he was brought up in a household dominated by his mother and sister, and shows traits of being emotionally dependent on women.

Medieval postcards subject of lecture in Syracuse

On March 24, 2009, Kathryn M. Rudy, a world-renowned art historian, will discuss the history of the postcard, tracing its roots to the 15th century. The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 107 of Syracuse University's Hall of Languages.

Levenger offers Sarajevo Haggadah facsimile

The Levenger Company has produced a facsimile of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a 14th century Spanish prayer book and the oldest haggadah known. The original found its way to Sarajevo, and was saved by an Islamic scholar during World War II.

Thousands of historical documents lost in building collapse

The City Archives building in Cologne, Germany collapsed unexpectedly on March 3, 2009. Six stories of archival storage were destroyed, including documents dating from the 10th century and the minutes of Cologne town council meetings recorded in an unbroken line back to 1376.

"Functionally invisible" medieval documents now cataloged

Thousands of medieval manuscripts have been digitized over the past few years, but according to researchers they are buried in hundreds of search engine hits on the Internet.

"Macclesfield Alphabet Book" images on CR Blog

On the CR (Creative Review) Blog, Patrick has posted an illustrated discussion of the British Library's Macclesfield Alphabet Book, a pattern book "filled with designs for different styles of script, letters, initials and decorative borders."

Love letters in the 12th century

Karin Larsdatter provides advice for the lovelorn in a translation on her Medieval Material Culture Blog. The entry looks at a 12th century handbook of letter writing recently discovered at the Biblioteca Capitolare di Verona.

[EAS] All Things Scribal

Scribal hands are not idle hands, they always seek perfection in the minute, in the delicate aspects of their craft, and in historic perception of their art. For knowledge they seek boundless historical references, for experience they seek each other's council.

Medieval Facebook

Researchers working with land documents dating to the 13th century have discovered Facebook-like social networks that tied together ten villages in southwest France.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts to offer bookbinding workshops

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota will offer several workshops of interest to scribes and bookbinders including A Modern Variation on the Medieval Book, which will take place on Mondays March 2-23 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

[AET] A Gathering of Scribes

Gryffyn's Keep is calling all scribes to attend a gathering on Saturday March 7, 2009 at the Union Presbyterian Church, 656 Rt 380, Murrysville, PA 15668. There will be classes taught by some of the Kingdom's finest scribes. It will be a perfect time to work on your projects for Ice Dragon.

[CAL] Bellewode Symposium

The Annual Bellewode Heraldic, Scribal, and Dance Symposium is coming up on April 4, 2009 and we are looking for teachers for classes during the day, and of course people to come have fun at the dance during the evening!

Gardening at the Cloisters

The Cloisters, the medieval museum in New York City, provides a blog discussing issues pertaining to medieval gardens including such topics at topiary, herbs, seasonal plants, and gardening techniques.

[AET] Regional Scriptorium

The Shire of Blackwater would like to invite you to join us for an all day Regional Scriptorium on Saturday, February 7th at the Olean Masonic Temple, 124 North Union Street, Olean, NY 14760. We'll be on the 5th floor.