Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Facsimile Wonder

Page from Prayer Book of Claude de France
made for Claude (1499–1524) around 1517 the year she was crowned queen of France.
Morgan Library and Museum MS M.1166

Click on the title and you can check out a drop dead gorgeous digital facsimile of the manuscript and listen to a short lecture on the images and iconography. I am sharing this not only for the beauty of the manuscript but also for the wonderful online resources associated with it.

The wonder of a facsimile of this magnitude, James Gardner in the NY Sun (When the Virtual Trumps Reality..., 9.4.08)comments on the limitations of seeing the work in person (underglass, low lighting) compared to the digital version.

I am going to be MIA for the rest of the week, headed to nyc for a weekend visit. I'll be back on Monday!

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