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Boston Institutions Prepare for a Groundbreaking Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts

During the past year, it was not uncommon to walk through the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s laboratories and digital imaging studios and find oneself in the presence of manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The glimmer of gold illuminations, the richly colored miniatures, and the precise hand-lettering on centuries-old parchment can stop you in your tracks.   

If you are planning to be in the Boston area this fall, you too can find yourself in the presence of these exquisite illuminated manuscripts – plus many more.

Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections

Nineteen Boston area libraries and museums are collaborating to present the first exhibition showcasing illuminated manuscripts in the Boston area – Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. The multi-venue exhibition opens in September at three concurrent venues across the city, and comprises a total of 260 outstanding manuscripts and printed books dating from the 9th to the 17th centuries. The exhibit is supplemented by an extensive catalog, a three-day symposium, and public programming.

NEDCC Provides Conservation Treatment and Digital Imaging 

Several manuscripts headed for the Beyond Words Exhibition were brought to NEDCC for conservation treatment and digital imaging in preparation for the exhibits and the exhibition catalog, including manuscripts from the Boston Public Library's Special Collections; Northeastern University’s Snell Library; and the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections at Brandeis.  


about Beyond Words and the preparations for this groundbreaking exhibition of illuminated manuscripts from Boston collections.

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