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General presentation of the Collection

Seminar cycle "Treasures on parchment"


Thu, 18 January 2018
17:00 until 18:00


Founder’s Collection
Av. de Berna, 45A , Lisbon
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Free admission subject to collection of a ticket

The collection of European illuminated books brought together by Calouste S. Gulbenkian comprises twenty-four manuscript books, an incunable and eleven individual folios, produced between the 12th and the 16th centuries in the principal European centres, with particular emphasis on France. It is a diverse group, including biblical, liturgical and devotional texts, among which the books of hours are highlights, as well as literary and legal books, acquired between 1919 and 1937 from the great collections, mainly in London and Paris, confirming the collector’s taste for “manuscripts of high artistic value.”

Lecture by: João Carvalho Dias

This by lecture is part of the seminar cycle Treasures on Parchment. Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s collection of western illuminated manuscripts.


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