New Faculty Lecture Series at Doherty Library: “From Illumination to I-Pads: A Very Brief History of the Art Book” September 29

Dr. Charles Stewart

Dr. Charles Stewart, Assistant Professor from the Art History Department, will speak at Doherty Library on “From Illumination to I-Pads: A Very Brief History of the Art Book”.  The presentation will trace the history of the illustrated book, highlighting the key stages during the Middle Ages, while touching on where we stand in the 21st century. This lecture is part of the New Faculty Lecture Series sponsored by the Friends of Doherty Library.

The rise of religious academic learning led to innovations in illuminated manuscript technology and production. The spread of Judaism and Christianity throughout the ancient Mediterranean prompted the replacement of the scroll by the codex. With the introduction of monastic scriptoriums in Ireland, the seeds of European universities were planted. Academies bloomed in the age of Scholasticism when picture books reached their aesthetic apex.

Today the academy once more finds itself in a period of transition—the computers that universities have developed and embraced are now replacing the codex.

The lecture will be held at the Doherty Library, main lobby, Wednesday, September 29,  beginning at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact James Piccininni at

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