[GBW] Lecture on Medieval manuscript design--NYC June 20

Clare Manias cmanias at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 1 18:09:04 EDT 2007

Please join the NY Chapter of the Guild of Book
Workers for a lecture by Ms. Sonja Drimmer

"A Unique Manuscript of the Confessio Amantis and the
Reconfiguration of Conventions"

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 at 6:00 PM
Columbia University
Butler Library, Room 523

Co-sponsored with Columbia University Rare Book and
Manuscript Library
Refreshments will be served

Sonja Drimmer is a PhD candidate in the department of
art history at 
Columbia University.  She holds an M.A. from the
University of York in England, and a B.A. from Brown
University.  Sonja focuses on illuminated manuscripts
of late medieval England, particularly those which
contain literary texts.   

Within the collection at The Morgan Library and Museum
is a manuscript of John Gower's Confessio Amantis (MS
M126), containing 108 of an original 110 
miniatures.  Both the sumptuous quality of this
manuscript and the 
abundance of miniatures illustrating it, are uncommon
for a late-medieval secular and non-scholastic work. 
Ms. Drimmer will discuss the tangible and theoretical
space in which image creates stability among and
around the words of a very volatile text.  She will
also demonstrate that this manuscript produces
meanings by framing its textual content within images
and layouts that belong to numerous manuscript
conventions of this era. 

Columbia University is located at 2960 Broadway at
116th Street
Butler Library is located on the south side of the

The lecture is free, but please RSVP to Georgia
Southworth at southworthconservation at gmail.com or call

Clare Manias
cmanias at yahoo.com

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