The Art of Manuscript Illumination

Ref: C3744188

Illuminated manuscripts, handwritten books decorated with gold, brilliant colours, and elaborate designs have a long tradition in Europe, with production moving from monasteries to major centres such as Paris and Bruges. From the 8th. century Lindisfarne Gospels to the 15th century Book of House of Mary of Burgundy we shall examine how such highly prized items were made and who the artists were. We shall consider the artists' function and their patrons and assess the subject matter and style of masterpieces such as the Limbourg Brothers' Tres Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry, the Book of Kells and Simon Marmion's Grandes Chroniques de France

Course aim

To introduce important examples of the art of the illuminated manuscripts in the West in order to understand their significance for the contemporary viewer and the techniques used to produce them

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • describe the technique of manuscript illumination
  • list three types of religious manuscripts
  • examine some of the artworks studied during the course in a critical manner

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Visit museums and libraries to examine some artworks in further detail

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The Art of Manuscript Illumination

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