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Alphabet Book

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Description The medieval alphabet is illuminated in two different styles. Without any accompanying text, the original purpose of the book remains unclear, but scholars have suggested that it was a sample or model book for manuscript illuminators, or that it was intended as a gift. The book was rebound in the eighteenth century, and in the same century extensive notes, which have since been erased, were made alongside the initials.
Date Description Narrative
3/13/1989Examinationexamined for technical study
8/28/2015Treatmentexamined for digitization; media consolidation
4/15/2016Examinationexamined for condition
  • The Medieval Craftsman and His Modern Counterpart. Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans. 1959.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Manuscripts and Facsimiles. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1985.
  • The Gothic Revival: The Illuminated Manuscript in Medieval and Modern Times. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991.
  • The Artful Book: Selections from a Contemporary Collection of Books by Artists. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002-2003.
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
  • Henry Walters, Léon Gruel, and the Reinvention of the Medieval Manuscript . 2015-2016.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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16th century (Renaissance)
ink and paint on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 4 5/16 x W: 3 1/8 in. (11 x 8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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