Presented by the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania.
Manuscript illumination has often been considered in relation to the texts it accompanies, but rarely in terms of its interplay with other artistic media. Historically, however, the technique was closely associated with other forms of artistic expression and served as a crucial point of contact and transfer for visual motifs across space and time. The goal of this year’s symposium is to examine cases of intermedial exchange through the lenses of technique, style, iconography, social context, and cultural geography, while also posing broader questions about the deep connections between the craft of illumination and other arts more widely. Of special interest will be insights gained from the technical examination of works in different media, new comparisons made possible by digital technology, and the discovery of linkages once obscured by strict historiographical divisions
The program will begin Thursday evening at 5:00 pm on November 15, 2018, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, with a keynote lecture by Professor Susie Nash, Courtauld Institute of Art. The symposium will continue November 16th-17th at the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carmen Decu Teodorescu, University of Geneva
Sonja Drimmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Frédéric Elsig, University of Geneva
Alexandra Green, British Museum
Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania
Bryan C. Keene, J. Paul Getty Museum
Stella Panayotova, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Georgi Parpulov, Independent Scholar
Nandita Punj, Rutgers University
Paola Ricciardi, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Christine Sciacca, The Walters Art Museum
Marianna Shreve Simpson, University of Pennsylvania
Benjamin C. Tilghman, Washington College
Nancy Turner, J. Paul Getty Museum
Laura Weigert, Rutgers University
Roger S. Wieck, The Morgan Library & Museum
Organized by Nicholas Herman, Curator of Manuscripts, and Lynn Ransom, Curator of Programs, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Support provided by the Williams Fund of the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Wolf Humanities Center's "Humanities at Large" program.