Manuscripts: Turning the Pages at the Art Institute of Chicago

Before the invention of printing, books were written, illustrated, and copied by hand. The Art Institute owns over a hundred European illuminated manuscripts, and as many manuscript cuttings from the thirteenth into the sixteenth century. Listed below are two of our most unusual of these manuscripts.
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The large scale and legible text and music of choir books like graduals enabled a group to sing together from a single book.

While we encourage personal discovery and interpretation of works of art in our care, the commentaries associated with the works in My Collections have not been reviewed or approved for accuracy or content and are expressly not endorsed by the Art Institute of Chicago.

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