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: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination
in Philadelphia Collections

Jean Colombe and his workshop
Crucifixion from a book of hours for Rome use
Bourges, France, c. 1475-1480
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Full Program of Exhibitions and Events

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This project is supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation and the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Additional start-up funding was provided by individual private donors.

[This project is now complete and this page left online as a matter of historical interest]

PACSCL Member Exhibitions of Medieval Manuscripts and Related Materials, Spring 2001
Includes links to information about the exhibitions at member websites where available.

  • Main Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art
    "Leaves of Gold: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination from Philadelphia Libraries."
    Berman and Stieglitz Galleries, 10 March - 13 May 2001
  • Bryn Mawr College Library
    "Books, Printers, and the Information Revolution in Early Modern Europe." An exhibition of 15th and 16th century books and manuscripts.
    Mariam Coffin Canaday Library, Class of 1912 Rare Book Room
    Late January to 31 May 2001 (M - F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
    "Other Leaves: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the John Frederick Lewis Collection." On display are the great range of manuscripts collected by John Frederick Lewis---not only beautiful Bibles and Books of Hours like those seen in Leaves of Gold, but also chronicles, almanacs, songbooks, philosophical works, and more.
    Rare Book Department, Central Library
    12 March to 15 June 2001 (M - F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Haverford College Library
    "Leaves of Color: Artists and Storytellers."
    Highlighting the craft and imagination of binders and illustrators, chroniclers and typesetters, bindings and pictures celebrate the colorful and sensual world of the book-as-artifact that is reflected in the work of such creators as Maxfield Parrish, Lewis Carroll, Winslow Homer, Violet Oakley, and Joan Miró.
    March 15 - May 13, 2001
  • Presbyterian Historical Society
    "Foundations of the Faith." Offered as both continuation and counterpoint to Leaves of Gold, this exhibition features printed texts from the 1520s to the 1670s documenting Reformed traditions with works by Zwingli and Calvin.
    Spring 2001, (M - F, 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Rosenbach Museum & Library
    "Outre d'Amour pour Amour Morte"
    An Allegorical Love Poem of the 15th Century by Burgundian court poet Georges Chastelain, with four miniatures.
    Through March 2001
    (Tu - Sa, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
    Incunabula from the Seminary's collection.
    Spring 2001
  • Temple University Library
    "The Manuscript Tradition." Materials, styles, and traditions of European and Eastern manuscripts, from cuneiform tablets and papyri through 15th century vellum codices.
    Samuel Paley Library
    Spring 2001
  • University of Pennsylvania Library
    "Specula: Mirrors of Man and Nature: Manuscripts from the Collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg."
    The exhibit includes manuscripts from the 9th through the 17th century and shows the ways in which classical and Arab texts were transmitted to the West. The manuscripts are beautifully illustrated and part of an extensive private collection.
    Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, Rosenwald Gallery
    Spring March 26, 2001 - June 30, 2001 (M - F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
    Lecture by Paul Saenger of Newberry Library, 26 March, 5:30 p.m.

See current listing of PACSCL member exhibitions .

Lectures, Courses, Public Education

  • Lecture, Paul Needham, Scheide Librarian, Princeton University,
    22 February, 4 p.m. (postponed because of snow; will be rescheduled for later in the spring)
    Bryn Mawr College Library
  • Children's Workshops, 9 March - 13 June
    "When Books Were Rare and Beautiful"
    At 20 branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Course, "Precious Pages: Manuscripts, East and West"
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 1:30--2:30 p.m or
    Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2001, 1:30-3:45 p.m.

    Fee; registration required. [details]
  • The Craft of the Manuscript Illuminator
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Sundays, April 1, 8, 22 & 29, and May 6 & 20, 1:30--3:30 p.m.
    Join teen docents in the Leaves of Gold exhibition to see the tools and learn the craft of manuscript illumination and book making. Class size is limited, and reservations are required for each workshop. Tickets are available in the Museum's West Entrance Hall or by phone, for an additional fee, at (215) 235-SHOW (7469).
  • Teacher Orientation for Leaves of Gold exhibition
    March 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Reservations required; cost $15.00

    Philadelphia Museum of Art. Contact Darryl Greene, 215-684-7391; [visit the PMA Education department]
  • Lecture, Paul Saenger of Newberry Library
    26 March, 5:30 p.m.

    University of Pennsylvania Library
  • Explorer's Tour Days of Knights (ages 6-12)
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    April 1, 2001 -- 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
  • Medieval Day
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 8, 2001
    10:15-11:00 a.m -- Early Bird Read and Look (ages 3--5) April 8
    The Dragons Are Singing Tonight
    11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. -- Try a Technique: Illuminated Leaves
  • Self-Guided Medieval and Renaissance Art
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 15, 2001
  • Medieval Family Day
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 22, 2001
    10:15-11:00 a.m. Early Bird Read and Look (ages 3-5) The Dragons Are Singing Tonight
    11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Tales & Treasures Medieval Tales (ages 6-12)
    2:00 p.m. Concert, Calliope Renaissance Band, Van Pelt Auditorium
  • Meeting of the Delaware Valley Medieval Association
    Lectures by Kimberly LoPrete, Elaine M. Beretz, Pamela Sheingorn
    at the University of Pennsylvania
    Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Special Event, Free Library of Philadelphia
    Sunday, April 22, 2001
    Piffaro: The Renaissance Band performs at 2:00 p.m. No reservations are necessary. Admission is free. Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium
    Christopher de Hamel, author of History of Illuminated Manuscripts, speaks on Sunday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m., in the Central Library, Rare Book Department. Admission is free. For lecture reservations, call (215) 686-5416
    or email
  • Medieval Family Day
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29, 2001
    10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Celebrate Medieval Times!
    10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Make your own illuminated miniature, stained glass, or miniature armor

    11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Medieval Tales by storyteller Ed Stivender
    12:00-2:00 p.m. Drawing together in the medieval galleries

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