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Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages

The Metropolitan Museum is using a highly customized version of Word Press blogging software to present this exhibition web site that accompanies a show of medieval drawings. A little known area of art history, these Medieval drawings were created primarily in Western Europe, dating from the early 9th century to the late 1300s. The drawings can be viewed organized by themes, such as "Early Drawing and the Written Word," or "Drawing and the Learned Tradition," a section pointing out how a great many medieval drawings were made in monasteries, which were also centers for learning. It is also possible to jump to the end and see all exhibition images arranged on one long page. From this perspective, it is possible to see the variety: calligraphy (such as Initial T from Corbie, France in the early 9th century), battle scenes, pictures of saints and angels, a few diagrams, and one of the earliest known architectural renderings, Facade of Strasbourg Cathedral from the 1260s.
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Date Issued 2000
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Date of Scout Publication 2009-06-19
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