Thursday, January 25, 2018

Making Books in the Middle Ages

Here is an interesting discovery from the Youtube channel of the Getty Museum, which explains the whole process of making a book in the Middle Ages, from the creation of the parchment, to the ink, the illuminations, the binding and the cover. This really makes us appreciate the considerable time and effort that scribes and craftsman had to devote to the production of a just a single tome. The item shown at the beginning, and seen again towards the end with a high-relief metal cover, is a sacramentary from the Getty collection, made at the famous abbey of Fulda in Germany, in the second quarter of the 11th century. (MS Ludwig V2)

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