Dr Richard Gameson Lecture – The Image of the Medieval Library

On Friday I was invited to meet Dr Richard Gameson, who is the Professor of the history of the book at Durham University, he specialises in the history of the book from Antiquity to the Renaissance, and in medieval art and has published on these subjects. I attended the lecture he gave to Morley Medieval at Morley College. He was speaking about the Image of the Medieval Library.

Van Eyck (?). St Jerome in his Study. 1435-1440.

He is a fascinating speaker, who moves very fast though the vast amount of information he has on the subject. I did manage to take notes (in the dark and at great speed!). He showed us slides of every pictorial example of the storage of books up until 1300, as there aren’t many, and then a few from after 1300 – mostly from prints/ paintings and illuminations.

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