The Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe: A Free Online Course from the University of Colorado

Dr. Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila and Ana B. Sanchez-Prieto – two academics working at the University of Colorado and the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) – have joined forces to present Unraveling the Secrets: Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe. Free Classes covers the following terrain:

Perhaps no other relic of the European Middle Ages captures our imagination more than medieval illuminated manuscripts or those documents decorated with images and colored pigments. Serving as windows into a lost world of kings, ladies, faith, war and culture, they communicate complex visual and textual narratives of Europe’s collective cultural heritage and heritage. In this way, illuminated manuscripts are dynamic messages from our shared past that are still relevant in fields like graphic design and typography.

During these seven weeks Classes, students will explore the material creation, content and historical context of medieval European illuminated manuscripts. Students will gain preliminary knowledge of their distinctive characteristics, their cataloging and periodization (when they were created), the methods used to produce them, and their historical context and value.

You can take Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe for free by selecting the audit option during registration. If you want to take the course for a certificate, you will need to pay a fee.

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