Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Secret Lives of Medieval Manuscripts
As a world-renowned scholar of Art History, Kathryn Rudy has held research, teaching, and curatorial positions in the US, the UK, Canada, The Netherlands and Belgium. Her research focuses on the reception and original function of manuscripts and she has pioneered the use of the densitometer to measure the dirt that original readers deposited in their books.
Introduction: Six hundred years ago Christians who went to church and they learned to to destroy manuscripts. We see in this manuscript here the Hours of Blanche of Savoy, made in the fourteenth century, that the clergy here are kissing and number of objects including a book and pacs. And in the process of kissing these objects they pretty much destroyed them.