Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two "medieval" stories from American Libraries Direct

Vatican Library digitizes its archives
The Vatican Apostolic Library, founded in 1451 and considered one of the world
s most important research libraries, is hoping by 2018 to digitally archive its entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts. The library announced March 20 that it will work with the Japanese NTT Data Corporation on the project. While the library has already begun to digitize some 6,000 manuscripts, the collaboration will employ special measures to improve long-term storage and safekeeping....
The Telegraph (UK), Mar. 20

Historiated initials
Jenny Weston writes:
Medieval initials come in all shapes and sizes. They also come with different kinds of decoration. While some feature twisty vines, flowers, and other abstract designs, others present more detailed and distinctive figures and scenes. Known as historiated initials, these portray figures or scenes that are clearly identifiablethey tell a story. The letter H (on the right), for example, depicts Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from heaven....
Medieval Fragments, Mar. 21

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