Wednesday, March 12, 7pm | Talk
Join two scholars as they reveal the mysteries and splendors of manuscript illumination.
Presentations by Kenneth Helphand, Knight Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon, and William Diebold, Professor of Art History, Reed College. William Diebold will discuss the ways that the books on view in Illuminated Manuscripts: Exhibiting the Written Word relate to the history of manuscript illustration. Kenneth Helphand will look specifically at the garden imagery in illustrated versions of Shir-ha-Shiram (Song of Songs).
Kenneth Helphand, Knight Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
William Diebold, Professor of Art History, Reed College.
This talk is given in connection with the current exhibit Illuminated Letters: Threads of Connection by Sara Harwin and an accompanying exhibit, Illuminated Manuscripts: A Living History, which includes rare volumes on loan from Mt. Angel Abbey, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University, and John Wilson Special Collections of Multnomah County Library. Illuminated Manuscripts continues Harwin’s exploration of the relationship between language and art showing the way in which text and illustration in medieval manuscripts functioned as a single language to communicate the meaning of the text. Featured manuscripts will include a Book of Hours, a Bible, a Breviary and a Psalter all from between the 13th and 15th centuries.