MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS CELEBRATED DURING
UH’S ‘LUSTRE’ EXHIBITION
Contemporary graphic designers now rely on computers to bring text
to life, but centuries ago, books were meticulously composed by
the hands of skilled craftsmen. The University of Houston will celebrate
these scribes’ complex work during the exhibition “Lustre:
Spiritual Treasures & Sensory Pleasures, Medieval Texts and
Images from Houston Collections.”
“Lustre” will be displayed Friday, Oct. 14, through
Feb. 17 on the first floor of UH’s M.D. Anderson Library.
The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library
Among the works to be displayed are a variety of Medieval manuscripts
representing the era’s many book types including religious
texts, legal books, medical manuals and popular literature. These
hand-bound manuscripts are all richly detailed works containing
ornate text, illustrations and decorations.
“They reveal a high level of artistic sophistication and
skill that people today find surprising,” said Judith Steinhoff,
UH assistant professor of art history. “The fine details of
the best Medieval manuscripts have an irresistible attraction.”
The manuscripts comprising “Lustre” are collected from
UH Libraries’ Special Collections and on loan from the Houston
Public Library, Congregation Beth Israel, Rice University’s
Fondren Library and Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.
“Lustre” also will present works from UH art students
including a replica of a scribe’s desk, a metal manuscript
book cover, a replica of a page from an ancient English-Irish Gospel
book and a new illuminated manuscript illustrating the trial of
“Lustre” will be held in conjunction with the Texas
Medieval Festival that also will be held in the library Friday,
Oct. 14 – Saturday, Oct. 15.
||“Lustre: Spiritual Treasures
& Sensory Pleasures, Medieval Texts and Images from Houston
||Friday, Oct. 14 – Friday, Feb. 17
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||University of Houston
M.D. Anderson Library
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||The University of Houston Libraries’ Special
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