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On the Edge
Medieval Margins and the Margins of Academic Life
Exhibition on view from
May 19, 2012
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jamie Manley, Class of 2014
A tiger bought by the Snell-Hitchcock scavenger hunt team is displayed on the Midway Plaissance.
MS 541, ff. 2v-3r
MS 949, ff. 279v-280r
This complete tetraevangelion, containing all four Gospel books, one of the most impressive extant manuscripts from thirteenth-century Armenia, representing the flourishing of Armenian culture following a century of devastation by Greek and Turkish armies. Named after the unusual red color used in many of its illuminations, the Red Gospels of Ganjasar contains 175 illuminations in the margins. The placement of illuminations in the margins reflects ancient Armenian customs, in which inserting illustrative miniatures directly into the text would have violated its sacred nature. But the periphery of the page is inhabited by arabesques, flowers, birds, and other figures. On this opening within the Gospel of John we see a playful vignette of a boy climbing a tree.
Steven Laymon, Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Programs
O-Week 2007, showing two Hoover House Orientation aides in a tree cheering on the arrival ofHoover first years after the opening convocation.
Jasmine Kwong, Class of 2006
Students react to a model at the Festival of the Arts 2010 Launch Party Fashion Show held in Hutchinson Courtyard.
MS 344, ff. 1v-2r
On the left-hand page of this opening a portrait of the original owner of this manuscript appears in the margin outside the framed Crucifixion scene. Wearing a salmon-colored dress and kneeling with her hands in prayer, she fixes her eyes on the crucified Christ. Adorned with the most fashionable garments of the late-fifteenth century, she situates herself just outside the picture plane but only inches from Christ, corporeally mimicking the Virgin and engaging in an intimate devotional experience with Christ’s bleeding, wounded body.
MS 533, f. 2v-3r
On the right-hand page of this opening a dog-like figure with pointed, devilish ears chases a rabbit who pauses mid-chase, raising his front left paw to glance behind him at his menacing predator. This hunt scene sits atop the tendrils at the bottom of the page, serving as a support for the scene and stretching down from the large illuminated initial towards the top of the page. Scenes of the hunt and chases—of human and/or animal figure—frequently appear in the margins of medieval manuscripts, even when such subject matter seems completely unrelated to the content of the text at hand, as is the case here.
Adam Coleman, Class of 2014
Human vs. Zombies RSO takes over Harper Memorial Library, Spring 2011.
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