Scribal Arts

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

French manuscripts at Getty Center through January 2011

Now through February 6, 2011, the Getty Center will offer visitors a trip to France's medieval past by hosting Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500, a manuscript exhibition describing "how these lavish books contributed to the development of French art and the French nation."

Hidden Treasures at Wisconsin museum

From December 18, 2010 through February 27, 2011, the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin will present Hidden Treasures: Illuminated Manuscripts from Midwestern Collections, an exhibition of "rarely seen ornate handmade books from university libraries, museums, and private collections in seven states."

Danish Royal Library "E-manuscripts" available online

Collections from the Manuscript Department of the Danish Royal Library are now available to view and study online. The collection includes illuminated manuscripts, letters, diaries and other written materials.

Armor and calligraphy tutorials online

The Age of Armour website offers detailed tutorials on how to make a variety of historically-inspired armor pieces, and a couple of Gothic font designs.

Modern world heraldy in Canada

Canadians who wish to own their own official heraldry may apply directly through the Canadian government rather than going through the British heraldy offices.

Hrefna karsefni to blog hints for SCAdians

20-year SCA veteran Hrefna karsefni reports that she has created a blog to discuss helpful hints for SCAdians.

"How to History" offers video tutorials for the historic arts

The website How to History offers a divers series of videos that teach a variety of medieval crafts of use to re-enactors.

Advanced technologies planned to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls

Thanks to several major gifts, the Israel Antiquities Authority plans to digitize the entire Dead Sea Scrolls collection and "make the images freely available and accessible to anyone anywhere in the world on the internet."

Bodleian Library collection moving to larger quarters

Oxford University's Bodleian Library, famous for its medieval holdings, will be moving the bulk of its collections to a new storage facility in South Marston, England.

[OUT] Northern Toys for Tots Drive

As the days grow shorter and the air grows cooler the time has come to turn thoughts toward giving back to our communities. This years Toy for Tots drive will be open to the public. Let's put our best efforts into making this a success for the community and our organization.

Persian masterpiece on display at the Sackler Gallery

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. offers the exhibit Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings October 23, 2010 - April 17, 2011. The rare paintings of kings, heroes and mythological creatures are from the Shahnama, Iran's national epic.

Rare Tibetan and Mongolian books online

A new project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, seeks to give digital access to rare Mongolian and Tibetan manuscripts to scholars around the world.

Faddan More Psalter most important Irish discovery since 19th century

The fragments of a vellum manuscript of a book of psalms dating to the 8th century has excited the archaeological community in Ireland who have called it the “most important day in the history of the museum since 1868 when the Ardagh Chalice came in."

Argon case prescribed for Washington's Magna Carta

The copy of the Magna Carta in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. will have a new, protective case filled with argon. The document is currently housed in a case filled with helium.

US Botanic Garden: Gilding the Lily

On October 17, 2010, Artist and Illuminator Kandy Phillips will present will present a lecture entitled Gilding the Lily: The Medieval Garden Illuminated at the US Botanic Garden in Washington DC. The lecture will consider "the important role flowers played in medieval life, lore, and medicine."

M. Sotherden Art Glass

M. Sotherden Art Glass is a source for custom and unique stained glass, art glass gifts, and jewelry, including devices, award scrolls and other stained glass items of interest to SCAdians.

"Book curses" protected medieval manuscripts

On his blog Got Medieval, Carl Pyrdum discusses medieval copy protection, which often manifested as a book curse "essentially the same as that little FBI warning that pops up whenever you try to watch a movie."

Tittivilus Strikes Again

Tournaments Illuminated Editor Mistress Doria Tecla reports that there is a correction to the Marc Drogin TI interview in the current issue of the publication.

Medieval monks meet 21st century "vellum"

Guttenberg on the iPhone? Really? The Bavarian State Library has released an iPhone app that allows users to download and view rare manuscripts. (photo)

Codex Manesse to be displayed in Heidelberg, Germany

In celebration of the 625-year anniversary of the University Library of Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Germany, the Codex Manesse, one of the most important manuscripts of the Middle Ages, will be exhibited at the library 26 October 2010 - 20 February 2011.

Medieval German lawbook found in Swedish cellar

Experts were surprised to find a handwritten copy of a medieval law book in the cellar of the Sundsvall Library in northern Sweden. The copy of the Sachsenspiegel is only the second known copy of the 12th century legal code.

Florentine Codex gives insight into Mexican culture

During the New World plague of the 16th century, a group of artists and intellectuals barricaded themselves in the Colegio de Santa Cruz de Santiago Tlaltelolco to produced the Florentine Codex, a massive encyclopedia handwritten in three columns and two languages. The work has been restored and digitized.

Oldest illuminated Bible found in Ethiopia

Researchers have dated the Garima Gospels to between 350 and 650 CE, making it the oldest known illuminated Christian Bible.

SCA scribe settles suit over stolen artwork made into T-shirt

Maestra Lucia Bellini, a scribe in the Barony of Windmaster's Hill in Atlantia (Triangle Region, North Carolina), announced today that she has come to an agreement with an unspecified manufacturer over the use of artwork of hers that they made into a t-shirt for sale at Wal-Mart stores without her knowledge or consent.

Skill of Atenveldt scribes showcased online

Dame Jennifer Trethewy, Signet for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, reports that the Aten Scribes website has been updated with many new scrolls. The photos are available on Photobucket.

Sothebys to auction manuscripts and miniatures

Sothebys Auction House in London is auctioning a collection of manuscripts and miniatures July 10, 2010. A catalogue of the collection is available to view online. (photos)

[ANS] Ansteorran Heraldic and Scribal Symposium

Come to the semi-regular, annual Ansteorran Heraldic and Scribal Symposium hosted by the Barony of Wiesenfeuer. Classes will teach all from non-herald/scribe to new herald/scribe to old timer. Invitations are being extended to our Calontir, Outlands, and Gleann Abhann neighbors as well. Come and learn and renew acquaintances.

University of California recipient of large donation of medieval books

An anonymous donor has given to the University of California, Riverside, a book and manuscript collection oriented toward medieval history and valued at almost US$100K.

Touring medieval New York

Paul Halsall of Fordham University has created a website to highlight the medieval treasures of New York City from its architecture to its art and music.

Stolen Descartes letter to be returned

A letter written by French philosopher Rene Descartes will be returned by Haverford College, Philadelphia, to the Institut de France.