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Good Green Earth

Out on your summer vacation, perhaps looking for that ideal Instagram photo, have you ever gazed in wonder at a painting and thought “how did they do that?” Well, artists’ secrets are sometimes revealed in unexpected places – like the flyleaf of a manuscript.

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Launched in September 2002, www.textmanuscripts.com offers the largest and most wide-ranging inventory of text manuscripts currently on the market. Numbered 1, 2, 3, and so on, manuscripts on the site have now reached the number 1000...

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Across the Political Divide

We usually steer clear of divisive political issues in this blog, but today, we are going to plunge right in (no pun intended)...

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Manuscripts in the Curriculum: News from the Field.

Everyone at Les Enluminures really, really believes that teaching with actual medieval manuscripts is a transformative experience. This has always been an important and successful part of the mission of our text manuscripts site...

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Jumping Jehosophat!

Yes indeed. To start the New Year, Les Enluminures is exhibiting Bill Voelkle's amazing collection of fakes and forgeries. The exhibition is a provocative one, raising fascinating questions about the origin and reception of works of art - and, as you'll see, many of these fakes are quite beautiful.

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A Picture Bible for People and Princes

Everyone likes a good story. In a way, the history of the written word is an exercise in grabbing the attention of your audience, whoever they might be. Performers do this by “breaking the fourth wall” and talking to us directly (you hate that as much as I do, right?). Pictures also play this game in books and illuminated manuscripts.

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