Late Medieval Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in Northern Europe: A Workshop
Drawing on the abundantly rich resources of Special Collections in the Newbery Library, this course investigated primary evidence on the conditions of making, illustrating, and reading books produced from about 1350 to 1550. Its particular focus was on centers of production in northern Europe: in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Topics of special interest included: the structure of the “atelier” or shop; the division or hierarchy of labor; the relationship between text and image; and changing patterns of reading and looking. The course aimed to introduce novices and experts alike to the unique evidence that can be gleaned from each book when it is studied as a social and cultural artifact.
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