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The Illustration of History in Medieval Manuscripts

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
3 - 4 March 2017


Many medieval manuscripts are illuminated with paintings and other artistic decorations, the purpose of which may be to illustrate the narrative of the text and perhaps to enhance its message for the benefit of readers who may not always have been literate. The manipulation of the meaning or significance of the text is a matter of particular interest in the case of historical literature, as chronicles often commissioned at court lend themselves particularly well to a programme of enhancing the image of the ruler and celebrating his deeds. This workshop addresses the question of the illustration of historical texts in both the Western European and Persian traditions, using examples from Alexander the Great to the Safavid Shah Ismail, bringing together specialists from Europe, the USA and Turkey, to provide a comparative approach to many common questions.

Programme and Abtracts

Workshop programme (Update 15.02.2017)

Abstracts (Update 21.02.2017)


The workshop will be held at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany. How to find us


Participation is free of charge and vistors are welcome.
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