Fantastic Miniatures and Where to Find Them!

Illuminated Fragments in Context at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

Leitung: Beatrice Alai, Erlangen-Nürnberg

This workshop explores the collection of illuminated fragments from Italian, French, and German origins spanning the 12th–16th centuries at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. The first part of the meeting will introduce a selection of historiated initials, borders, and pages, with a focus on their materiality, text, and decoration. It will also explore the history of collecting cuttings and the evolving roles and functions these objects played across different times and places. The second section will provide insights into the context of the creation and production of these cuttings by showcasing exceptional manuscripts and early printed books while closely examining their structure and unique characteristics. A concise history of the book will be presented.

The workshop will conclude with a hands-on exercise in which participants will learn about the tools and methodologies used to approach these objects, how to study and catalogue them, and will have the opportunity to practice using the museum’s materials.


Germanisches Nationalmuseum

Treffpunkt: Nürnberg, Studiensaal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Kartäusergasse 1
(selbstständige Anreise ab Erlangen mit dem Zug oder der S-Bahn)

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