The Art of Images in Premodern Books | Newberry

The Art of Images in Premodern Books

Opening illumination from Jacques Legrand, Livre de bonnes moeurs, 15th century. VAULT Case MS 55.5

Woodcut of Constantinople from the Nuremberg Chronicle, Nuremberg: 1493, VAULT oversize Inc. 2086.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

9:30-5 pm

Morning Session: Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago Afternoon Session: Newberry Library

Co-organized with the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

This collaborative symposium will bring to life the stories behind how artists, printers, and scribes placed illuminations, prints, and engravings in premodern books. Over two sessions, one each at the hosting institutions, participants will glean insights into the labor and artifice needed to incorporate images into medieval and early modern manuscripts and printed books, as well as how that effort shaped the relationship between image and text. This program will also introduce participants to the collections, resources, and opportunities for collaboration between art libraries and public research libraries.

The morning session, hosted by the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, will focus primarily on printed images. Participants will have the opportunity to view and interpret items from the Ryerson and Burnham special collections that highlight how woodcuts and engravings were integrated into books produced between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. After the workshop, participants will view a printing demonstration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Space is limited for the morning session; see below for further information.

The afternoon session, hosted by the Newberry Library, will focus primarily on manuscript images. Participants will enjoy a hands-on session with illuminated manuscripts from the thirteenth through the seventeenth centuries, as well as a demonstration of the materials used by medieval artists to create the images in manuscripts.

Co-hosted and co-sponsored by the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Schedule

Morning Session
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
Art Institute of Chicago

9 - 10:15 am Print Demonstration

10:30 - 11:30 am Interactive Book Session

11:30 am Wrap-Up

Afternoon Session
Newberry Library

2 - 3 pm Manuscript Demonstration

3 - 3:30 pm Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm Interactive Book Session

4:30 - 5:15 pm Final Roundtable

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. To register, complete this online registration form.

The registration form includes two tickets, one for the morning session at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and one for the afternoon session at the Newberry. Please request a ticket for each session that you plan to attend. Please note that space is limited for the morning session; attendees to this session must register for the event by November 8, 2019. More space is available for the afternoon session at the Newberry.

If you have any questions about registration, please send them to fletcherc@newberry.org.