Vaultaire

Because I love vaults and the things often kept in them.

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thegetty:

"Spend five minutes with the Italian choir book featured in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads. It is one of the largest manuscripts in the Museum’s collection, but the intricacy of its pages is what I find compelling. The Latin words, the musical notation, the form of the letter “h” that encloses the scene of the Nativity, the monumental form of the Virgin, and the humble ox and donkey peeking over the edge of the manger at the Christ Child—all combine to remind me of why I love manuscripts.” 

Recommended viewing for slowartday from our manuscripts curator, Elizabeth Morrison.

To zoom in and let your “eyes” wanter, click here.

Initial H: The Nativity (detail) in an Antiphonal, late 1200s, Master of Gerona. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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uispeccoll:

Seven years ago today, the great American writer Kurt Vonnegut passed away, but not after leaving a wealth of literary works, such as Cat’s Cradle. This 2000 edition of this book shows off his artistic signature/self-portrait. [Published by Easton Press, xPS3572 O66 C3 2000] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #kurtvonnegut #vonnegut #catscradle #americanliterature #signatures #leatherbinding #rarebooks #2000s

uispeccoll:

Seven years ago today, the great American writer Kurt Vonnegut passed away, but not after leaving a wealth of literary works, such as Cat’s Cradle. This 2000 edition of this book shows off his artistic signature/self-portrait. [Published by Easton Press, xPS3572 O66 C3 2000] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #kurtvonnegut #vonnegut #catscradle #americanliterature #signatures #leatherbinding #rarebooks #2000s

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medievalpoc:

Book of Hours, Dutch (Utrecht or Delft)

f. 67r: Mermaid With a Mirror

Netherlands (c. 1410-1420)

Illuminated Manuscript (parchment codex), 125 x 90 mm.

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I literally just find stuff like going through illuminated manuscripts (this one’s 179 pages) into the wee hours sometimes. They aren’t labeled, tagged, or marked in any way. No one told me they were there. And then I find something like this, and I get to share it with all of you.

I just really like mermaids okay

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medieval:

St. Luke
The Book of Deer (Evangelia) is a Gospel Book written in a hand that was current in the period c. 850-1000 and generally dated to the first half of the tenth century.

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medieval:

St. Luke

The Book of Deer (Evangelia) is a Gospel Book written in a hand that was current in the period c. 850-1000 and generally dated to the first half of the tenth century.

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