Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th–18th Centuries

Jan 09 to Feb 24
From: 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th–18th Centuries

Explore the rich pageantry of the Golden Age of handmade manuscripts. Many of these Western and Non-Western artisans employed elaborate gold leaf decoration, calligraphy and intricate ornamentation on parchment and vellum.

This exhibition includes European and middle-Eastern medieval Bibles, prayer books, psalters, breviaries, and other sacred manuscripts. Examples from Hebrew texts, leaves from the Koran and the Persian epic poem, “Shahnameh” (the Persian “Book of Kings”), are included.

Docent Tours: on Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. Free, no registration required.

January 27-Lecture: Stephanie Stillo, Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections at the Library of Congress, will lecture at 3 p.m.

February 14-Book Club: Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour followed by a discussion of a related book from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Artists Jean Brinton Jaecks and Harry Jaecks will lead the discussion. Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556.

February 17-Sunday Afternoon Lecture: Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m.

Photo Credit: Joachinus de Gigantibus de Rotenberg (illuminator), German, active 1440s – 1490s and Pietro Ursuleo of Capua (scribe), Italian, died 1484. Bifolios from a Book of Hours, Italian, 1465 – 1483. Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on parchment. Museum Purchase Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th–18th Centuries is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania. Exhibition support provided by Melvin and Judy Bender, James W. Cheevers, Tara Balfe Clifford/Cliftara Bed & Breakfast, Rex and Katharine Pingle, and the Watt Family.


This Event is Brought to You By Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery/St. John's College

The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, located on the campus of St. John’s College, is a hidden treasure in historic Annapolis. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012 and dedicated to bringing art of world renown to Annapolis since it opened in 1989, the Mitchell Gallery’s modern design won a Citation of Merit from the American Institute of Architects. It attracts over 10,000 visitors a year to its museum-quality exhibits which are of an unusual range and diversity for a gallery of its size. Exhibitions have included works of celebrated artists such as Bruegel, Calder, Rembrandt, Rodin and Motherwell and Johns, exhibitions of unique historical and regional interest such as photography by A. Aubrey Bodine and Marion Warren and The National Craft Show. The Mitchell Gallery serves the community of St. John's and the wider communities of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County as a resource for viewing, discussing, and learning about fine art. Presenting exhibitions of unique historical and regional interest and museum-quality exhibitions that change regularly.  Interpretive programs include lectures, gallery talks, docent tours and children’s programs.