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[BKARTS] Lecture: Medieval Manuscripts to Modern Calligraphy



The New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers and MASSCRIBES will
co-sponsor the following lecture:

MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS
TO MODERN CALLIGRAPHY
A lecture by Patricia Lovett
Thursday, 17 October 2002
7:30 p.m
Arlington Center for the Arts
Arlington, MA

Medieval manuscripts are a true treasure chest of information. Looking more
closely at them enables us to find out not only when they were written, for
whom and in what circumstances, but also about what was happening at that
time in history. Who would have thought that two of the greatest manuscripts
written in the 7/8th centuries would both have been produced in a tiny
outpost of Christianity off the north-east coast of England.  And why did
the regular legible script of Charlemagne's time in the 8/9th century spread
so quickly through Europe and provide a lasting legacy which has influences
even today?  How did those medieval scribes produce such jewel-like
illustrations, and why is a quill such a joy to use?

Patricia Lovett is a professional scribe, artist, teacher and communicator,
holding the Higher Diploma in Calligraphy, Heraldry and Illumination from
Reigate College of Art (being awarded the only first class honours in her
year), some years after graduating from university in Geography and
Cartography. She is currently studying for an MA in Medieval studies.

The British Library Companion to Calligraphy, Illumination, and Heraldry
(U.S. title "Calligraphy & Illumination:  A History & Practical Guide" Harry
Abrams, 2000), is just one of her many publications on lettering.

You can find directions to the Arlington Center for the Arts at
www.acarts.org
for more information contact negbw@handbookbinding.com

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