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Seminar cycle “Treasures on parchment”

Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s collection of western illuminated manuscripts

When

From Thu, 18 January 2018 to Tue, 30 April 2019
10:00 until 18:00

Where

Founder’s Collection
Av. de Berna, 45A, Lisbon
(+351) 217 823 000
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Tickets

Free admission subject to collection of a ticket

The cycle of seminars Treasures on Parchment – Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s collection of western illuminated manuscripts is the result of a partnership between the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Institute of Medieval Studies and aims to demonstrate the excellence of the codices and fragments brought together by the collector. Although these works have always been accessible to researchers, were studied by experts and disclosed in international contexts, and many of them were exhibited in the show The Image of Time. Western Manuscript Books, in 2000, we felt that this collection was worthy of greater promotion among Portugal’s scientific community and the general public. With this in mind, a group of researchers specialised in this area chose a significant group of manuscripts, with texts and images that characterise the Middle Ages in Europe. In terms of themes, the programme focuses on a wide-ranging group of works, seminal texts in the area of biblical exegesis, spirituality, philosophy, law, liturgy and profane literature, and also includes a session on the issue of conservation and restoration, to which many of the works have been subjected.

It is a cycle of open seminars aimed at the general public, but they will be of particular interest to teachers, researchers and students in the area of the History of Medieval Art.

Coordinated by: Maria Adelaide Miranda and Luís Correia de Sousa

A collaborative project between the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Institute of Medieval Studies, a research unit at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

 

General presentation of the Collection
Thursday, 18 January, 17:00
Founder’s Collection ‑ Education Service room
Duration: 60 min

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

 

Moralia in Job
Thursday, 15 February, 17:00
Founder’s Collection ‑ Education Service room
Duration: 60 min

Gregório Magno’s Moralia in Job was among the most copied biblical commentaries of the Middle Ages. It is an exegetic work on the Book of Job, addressed to Leander of Seville, in 583. The fragments M79 A and M79 B, preserved in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, were part of a remarkable illuminated manuscript from the second half of the 12th century, thought to have been produced somewhere between northeast France and Flanders. In this seminar, we aim to highlight the importance of the text, the iconographic programme and the artistic quality of the illuminations, relating them to other manuscripts from the same period.

Lecture by: Adelaide Miranda and Luís Correia de Sousa

 

Apocalypse
Thursday, 15 March, 17:00
Founder’s Collection ‑ Education Service room
Duration: 60 min

In 13th– and 14th-century England, production of illuminated apocalypses was prolific. They are a type of codex accompanied by great series of illustrations, which assumed an undeniable qualitative leap in respect of the stylistic and iconographic possibilities of the medieval apocalyptic image. Today, these manuscripts are to be found in libraries and collections in all corners of the world. One of them is known as the Gulbenkian Apocalypse, which, as part of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s collection of western illuminated manuscripts, will be analysed in this session.

Lecture by: Alicia Miguelez