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Dr. Stella Panayotova, “Illuminated Manuscripts: Science and Art,” A public lecture

March 8, 2012

Dr. Stella Panayotova

Keeper of Manuscripts, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge


2012–13 Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies



Illuminated Manuscripts: Science and art

A public lecture


Friday, March 8th, 2013– 4:00 pm

Alumni Hall, 121 St. Joseph St., Room 100



The lecture will be accompanied by three master classes


The Making and Meaning of Illuminated Manuscripts


Friday, January 25th

Friday, February 1st

Friday, March 22nd

10:00–12:00 noon


Three master classes will be dedicated to the making and meaning of Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts. The focus will be on the artistic techniques, design solutions, colour, medium, and layout used to convey meaning and stimulate affective reading and viewing. These discussions will be informed by internal (e.g., codicological, heraldic, textual) and circumstantial evidence associated with the manuscripts’ production.

The classes will be based on material in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum, and on the displays in the forthcoming exhibition at the AGO, “Revealing the Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Early Florentine Art” (March 16th – June 16th).

Enrolment is limited. Students interested in attending should contact Grace Desa ( by 15 January 2013


March 8, 2012
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