Manuscripts and illumination
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VB838
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course explores the origins and development of the book as an art form and as a tool for learning from its earliest appearance until the rise of printing in the 15th and 16th centuries. For much of the period the best examples of painting are preserved in manuscripts.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The techniques and materials used to write and illuminate texts
- The types of books used in the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths
- The types of imagery used for particular types of book, and their relation to the text
- The main stylistic developments in painting over the period.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the main techniques used in producing illuminated manuscripts
- Understand the place of the book in Christian, Jewish and Islamic religious practice
- Discuss the uses of imagery in certain types of book
- Identify the style of painting in a range of manuscripts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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VB540 - European Architecture in the Middle Ages 800-1500
VB637 - The arts of the book in the Islamic world
VB530 - To fear God: images of Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in the Middle Ages.
Richard Plant is an architectural historian and lecturer specialising in the Middle Ages with a strong interest in the modern. He studied English Literature at Cambridge before going on to do his MA and then PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Since then, he has specialised in the architectural history of the Middle Ages, teaching at the Courtauld as well as UCL and Queen Mary University, London. He was Deputy Academic Director at Christie’s Education and has published on English and German architecture.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.