The cycle of the lectures dedicated to the medieval manuscripts is being created as a part of my cooperation with Barbara Bodziony’s School of Calligraphy and Illumination. The lectures show how the manuscripts were produced, how they were decorated and stored. Apart from the lectures focused on Western-European manuscripts, there are also ones that deal with the Byzantine, Syrian, Armenian or Persian illumination.
The cycle is so far containing following lectures:
1. From a sheep to a book – how was the medieval manuscript produced.
2. From Alexandrina to Laurenziana – the history of medieval libraries.
3. From Roman Capitals to Italic Print – the history of the scripture.
4. The relation between text and image in medieval manuscripts.
5. Scary things, funny things and mysterious things – what can we find on medieval book margins.
6. Decorated initials in medieval manuscripts.
7. Maiestas Domini in medieval manuscripts.
8. The decorations of medieval Psalters and the depictions of musical instruments in the illuminated manuscripts.
9. Illuminations of the christian books produced in the East (Syria, Byzantine Empire, Armenia, Georgia. Egypt).
10. Persian Manuscripts.
11. Knights and Ladies – medieval secular manuscripts.
12. Famous manuscripts in Polish libraries.
13. Medieval scribe.
14. En-Grisaille manuscripts – the grayscale miniatures in medieval and early-modern books.
15. The History of Illumination – the cycle of lectures (6 hours) on the history of Western-European manuscript illumination from late Antiquity till 16th century.
And monographic lectures dedicated to particular manuscripts:
1. Belles Heures de Berry (Metropolitan Museum of Art).
2. Roman de la Rose MS. Czart. 3467 (Czartoryski Library Cracow)
4. Graduale of Abbot Maciej Skawinka (National Library in Warsaw)
5. Tyniec Sacramentary (National Library in Warsaw).
6. Joseph Flavius’ Works (National Library in Warsaw)
7. Hours of Catherine de Clèves (The Morgan Library and Museum).
8. Hours of Anne of Bretagne (Bibliothèque nationale de France).