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Cover image of Making the Renaissance Manuscript

Making the Renaissance Manuscript:
Discoveries from Philadelphia Libraries

This exhibition catalogue examines the making of the hand-written and hand-illuminated book during a time of great political, religious, and technological transformation in Europe. Through approximately forty loans from ten regional institutions, as well another forty items from Penn's own collections, the exhibition examines the full intellectual and artistic depth of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries through a varied selection of extraordinary manuscripts, cuttings, and incunables, many of which have never before been exhibited.

The catalogue opens with a Foreword by Constantina Constantinou and Will Noel and an Introduction, "To Hold the Renaissance in Our Hands," by curator Nicholas Herman. An essay, "Material Present Collecting Late Medieval and Early Modern Objects in (and around) Philadelphia," provides a detailed look at the history of the collections represented in the exhibition.

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