Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages

Manuscript

There’s only one reason why I occasionally wish I lived in New York and not Chicago, and that’s the ability to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fantastic medieval manuscript exhibitions, which, at least from my vantage point, seem to happen rather often.

The most recent one is called Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages, and it focuses on my main love in all of art: illustrations in medieval manuscripts.

A brief summary from the link can be found below:

With strokes of genius, artists in the Middle Ages explored the medium of drawing, creating a rich panoply of works ranging from spontaneous sketches to powerful evocations of spirituality and intriguing images of science and the natural world. Opening June 2 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages is the first museum exhibition to examine in depth the achievements of the medieval draftsman. Through some 50 examples created in settings as diverse as a ninth-century monastery and the 14th-century French court, the presentation considers the aesthetics, uses, and techniques of medieval drawings, mastered by artists working centuries before the dawn of the Renaissance. Works from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum are displayed along with important loans from American and European museums, and the great national, university, and monastic libraries of Europe. Many of these manuscripts are so highly prized that they have never before been lent outside of their home countries.

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