Event Title

A 16th-century Franco-Venetian Book of Hours in Oberlin Library’s Special Collections

Presenter Information

Emma Kimmel, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A262

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-24-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 5:30 PM

Abstract

Tucked away in Oberlin Library’s Special Collections is a Book of Hours (1523) by Venetian printer Gregorio de Gregoriis. Books of Hours were popular medieval prayer books across Europe, and Oberlin’s text is particularly compelling as its full-page illustrations originate from an unknown French book printed roughly 35 years prior. My study places this book in its social context through investigating Books of Hours, the invention of print, book circulation, and early publishing in Paris and Venice. I also analyze the book’s unique aspects, theorizing the origin of the French illustrations and their sometimes peculiar placement and repetition.

Notes

Session 3, Panel 21 - Re/presentations of Space, Place, and Agency
Moderator: Susan Kane, Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art and Classical Archaeology

Major

Art History

Advisor(s)

Bonnie Cheng, Art History

Project Mentor(s)

Erik Inglis, Art History

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Apr 24th, 4:00 PM Apr 24th, 5:30 PM

A 16th-century Franco-Venetian Book of Hours in Oberlin Library’s Special Collections

Science Center, A262

Tucked away in Oberlin Library’s Special Collections is a Book of Hours (1523) by Venetian printer Gregorio de Gregoriis. Books of Hours were popular medieval prayer books across Europe, and Oberlin’s text is particularly compelling as its full-page illustrations originate from an unknown French book printed roughly 35 years prior. My study places this book in its social context through investigating Books of Hours, the invention of print, book circulation, and early publishing in Paris and Venice. I also analyze the book’s unique aspects, theorizing the origin of the French illustrations and their sometimes peculiar placement and repetition.