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Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200-1350

The J. Paul Getty Museum came up with a clever idea for exhibiting fragile, light-sensitive, illuminated manuscripts: a two-part exhibition. The show goes up, and pages of the manuscripts are turned on a specific date to revel new images. In this case, the show started in December 2011, and pages were turned on February 28, 2012. The advantage of the web version of the show is that visitors can see pages from both halves of the show, such as "Adam Naming the Animals," an English manuscript dated between 1250 and 1260, from the 2nd half, and, from the first half, the "Wenceslaus Psalter," a heavily gilded French manuscript from the same time period. Audio accompanies these pages; for example, a curator explains how to read the psalms collected in the Wenceslaus Psalter. There are also illustrated checklists of both exhibitions in pdf format, and a link to The Manuscript Files, a series of blog posts, written by curator Elizabeth Morrison, further explaining the manuscripts.
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