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Medieval Manuscripts to Modern Calligraphy (A lecture at the Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School Design, Harvard University)



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Medieval Manuscripts to Modern Calligraphy

A lecture by Patricia Lovett

6:30 pm., Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at the Frances Loeb Library,
Graduate School Design, Harvard University, 48 Quincy Street Cambridge MA 02138

Medieval manuscripts contain a treasure chest of information. Looking more
closely at them enables us to find out not only when they were written, for
whom and in what circumstances, but also about what was happening at that
time in history. Who would have thought that two of the greatest
manuscripts written in the 7/8th centuries would both have been produced in
a tiny outpost of Christianity off the northeast coast of England? And why
did the regular, legible script of Charlemagne's time spread so quickly
through Europe and provides a lasting legacy, which has influences even
today? How did those medieval scribes produce such jewel-like
illustrations, and why is a quill such a joy to use?

The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers presents a lecture by
English calligrapher Patricia Lovett on the development of English scripts
using manuscripts mainly from the British Library. Ms. Lovett will show how
these scripts can be interpreted in a modern way, and will discuss the
skills and techniques of the medieval scribe.

This program is free and open to the public.

About the presenter:

Patricia Lovett is a professional scribe, teacher and author, holding the
Higher Diploma in Calligraphy, Heraldry and Illumination from Reigate
College of Arts. She is a Fellow and was previously Chair of the
Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society. Patricia is Moderator for the
Certificate of Calligraphy and for the National Diploma in Calligraphy. She
exhibits widely in the UK and throughout the world.

Patricia has run master classes and workshops for the British Library, the
Crafts Council, the Tate Gallery at St. Ives, Dulwich Picture Gallery,
amongst other institutions and organizations.

Her publications include: Creating Letterforms, 1992; Teach Yourself
Calligraphy, 1993; Calligraphy for Starters, 1995; Tools and Materials for
Calligraphy, Illumination and Miniature Painting, 1996; A Guide to
Calligraphy, 1997. Patricia is the author most recently of Historical
Source Book for Scribes, co-written with Dr Michelle Brown, 1999, and The
British Library Companion to Calligraphy, Illumination and Heraldry, 2000.

Frances Loeb Library Graduate School of Design Harvard University 48 Quincy
Street Cambridge MA 02138 Information: 617-496-8542 Online directions:
http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/findus/



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