Boston museums display unprecedented manuscript exhibition

AP News
|
Posted: Aug 01, 2016 6:01 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Three Boston museums are teaming up for what's being described as an unprecedented shared exhibition of ancient illuminated manuscripts.

Art historian and Harvard professor Jeffrey Hamburger tells The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2apfU3v ) the exhibition of about 250 pieces is "easily" the most ambitious display of illuminated manuscripts ever held in North America.

An "illuminated manuscript" is a blanket term used for medieval and Renaissance texts featuring ornate decoration with colored pigment or gold leaf.

Among the treasured works are an early 12th century gospel book and a 13th century psalm book.

The exhibition, set to debut next month, will be showcased under different themes at Harvard's Houghton Library, the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

___

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com