The Illuminators' Craft | University of Oxford

The Illuminators' Craft

Speaker
Dr Holly James-Maddocks
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 13:45
Venue
The Bodleian Libraries, Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG
Venue details

The Weston library lecture theatre, main entrance on Broad Street

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

The use of glimmering gold and pricey pigments was undoubtedly the most eye-catching element available to the craftspeople involved in the graphic design of the page. This public lecture will explore the role of the illuminator in the contexts of production, providing an introduction to the techniques employed, the types of texts typically ornamented, and the various functions of the images used. The exhibition uncovers the myriad ways in which the craft sought "to preserve, clarify, adorn, authorize and interpret writing in English", and this illustrated lecture will further exemplify these motives by drawing upon manuscript holdings from around the world.