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"Exploring the Margin: A Glimpse into Historical Manuscripts and Artworks" In the world of ancient manuscripts and artworks, the margin holds a captivating allure

Background imageMargin Collection: Illuminated Wenzelbibel manuscript

Illuminated Wenzelbibel manuscript
A page from the illuminated manuscript known as the Wenzelbibel (or Wenzelsbibel), named after King Wenzel (Wenceslaus) IV of Bohemia

Background imageMargin Collection: ARISTOTLE (384-332 BC). Greek philosopher. Ethica

ARISTOTLE (384-332 BC). Greek philosopher. Ethica, Politica, Aeconomia (15th c.), Latin translation by Leonardo Bruni d Arezzo. Naples coat of arms is depicted on the inside margin. Renaissance art

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 293b

MS 293b
Illuminated manuscript cutting. Collage with historiated initial and border from a Choir Psalter. Maker & Production: Avila. Illumination, parchment and gold, circa 1482- circa 1492

Background imageMargin Collection: Earth's path around the Sun, 1888

Earth's path around the Sun, 1888
3480254 Earth's path around the Sun, 1888; (add.info.: Earth's path around the Sun; showing the seasons of the year. In margin are various comets and nebulae)

Background imageMargin Collection: macaws parrot Anodorhynchus Cyanopsitta Primolius Orthopsittaca Diopsittaca

macaws parrot Anodorhynchus Cyanopsitta Primolius Orthopsittaca Diopsittaca Macaws are small to large, often colourful New World parrots

Background imageMargin Collection: Pieta from Book of Hours, MS 92 f.18v, Western France, 1490-1510

Pieta from Book of Hours, MS 92 f.18v, Western France, 1490-1510 (pen & ink with tempera on parchment)
8374206 Pieta from Book of Hours, MS 92 f.18v, Western France, 1490-1510 (pen & ink with tempera on parchment) by French School, (15th-16th century); 22.8 x 14.8 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum

Background imageMargin Collection: Annunciation from Book of Hours, MS 92 f.27r, Western France

Annunciation from Book of Hours, MS 92 f.27r, Western France, 1490-1510 (pen & ink with tempera on parchment)
8374249 Annunciation from Book of Hours, MS 92 f.27r, Western France, 1490-1510 (pen & ink with tempera on parchment) by French School, (15th-16th century); 22.8 x 14.8 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum

Background imageMargin Collection: Carrying of the Cross from Book of Hours, MS 92 f.57r, Western France

Carrying of the Cross from Book of Hours, MS 92 f.57r, Western France, 1490-1510 (pen & ink with tempera on parchment)
8374175 Carrying of the Cross from Book of Hours, MS 92 f.57r, Western France, 1490-1510 (pen & ink with tempera on parchment) by French School

Background imageMargin Collection: Ms 62, f. 205r: Virgin and Child, detail from a French Book of Hours, c. 1445-50 (vellum)

Ms 62, f. 205r: Virgin and Child, detail from a French Book of Hours, c. 1445-50 (vellum)
FIT276933 Ms 62, f.205r: Virgin and Child, detail from a French Book of Hours, c.1445-50 (vellum) by French School, (15th century); Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK

Background imageMargin Collection: Tirant Lo Blanc, facsimile of a dedicatory page from a book by Joanot Martorell (1413-c)

Tirant Lo Blanc, facsimile of a dedicatory page from a book by Joanot Martorell (1413-c. 1468) 1490 (vellum)
IND113044 Tirant Lo Blanc, facsimile of a dedicatory page from a book by Joanot Martorell (1413-c.1468) 1490 (vellum) by Spindeler, Nicolau (15th century); Universidad de Valencia

Background imageMargin Collection: The Young Krishna Kills the Demon Vatsasura, who came in the Guise of a Calf, c

The Young Krishna Kills the Demon Vatsasura, who came in the Guise of a Calf, c
1196882 The Young Krishna Kills the Demon Vatsasura, who came in the Guise of a Calf, c.1730-1740 (w/c & ink on orange paper) by Indian School

Background imageMargin Collection: Marlay Cutting IT. 34: The Deposition from the Cross and border fragments from a missal of Pope

Marlay Cutting IT. 34: The Deposition from the Cross and border fragments from a missal of Pope Clement VII
FIT276983 Marlay Cutting IT.34: The Deposition from the Cross and border fragments from a missal of Pope Clement VII, after 1523 (parchment) by Raymond, Vincent (fl)

Background imageMargin Collection: Fol. 2R Incipit of the Prologue, from the Borso d Este Bible Vol. 1 (vellum)

Fol. 2R Incipit of the Prologue, from the Borso d Este Bible Vol. 1 (vellum)
XOT366539 Fol.2R Incipit of the Prologue, from the Borso d Este Bible Vol.1 (vellum) by Italian School, (15th century); Biblioteca Estense, Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageMargin Collection: UW INDO 1973 07

UW INDO 1973 07
Reticulated Nudibranch - Keruo Channel dive site, Penemu Island, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Background imageMargin Collection: UW INDO 1908 05

UW INDO 1908 05
Co's Chromodoris Nudibranch - Dropoff dive site, Tulamben, Kubu district, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Indian Ocean Date: 08-Nov-19

Background imageMargin Collection: UW INDO 1894 11

UW INDO 1894 11
Orange-barred Mexichromis Nudibranch - Batu Niti dive site, Seraya, Kubu district, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Indian Ocean Date: 24-Mar-16

Background imageMargin Collection: 13131093

13131093
Magnificent Chromodoris Nudibranch - Sanggamau dive site, Bangka Island, north Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean Date: 24-03-2016

Background imageMargin Collection: Deptford and the Thames (engraving)

Deptford and the Thames (engraving)
5213535 Deptford and the Thames (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Deptford and the Thames)

Background imageMargin Collection: The Extension of Hampstead Heath (engraving)

The Extension of Hampstead Heath (engraving)
1046315 The Extension of Hampstead Heath (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Extension of Hampstead Heath)

Background imageMargin Collection: Detail of Humayun Seated in a Landscape, from the Late Shah Jahan Album, c

Detail of Humayun Seated in a Landscape, from the Late Shah Jahan Album, c
2956978 Detail of Humayun Seated in a Landscape, from the Late Shah Jahan Album, c.1650 (w/c, ink & gold on paper) by Payag (fl.1630-1650); Arthur M

Background imageMargin Collection: They saw on the margin of the lake, three maidens sitting and spinning flax (chromolitho)

They saw on the margin of the lake, three maidens sitting and spinning flax (chromolitho)
3100059 They saw on the margin of the lake, three maidens sitting and spinning flax (chromolitho) by Browne, Gordon Frederick (1858-1932); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMargin Collection: Margin-winged stick insect and red epacris

Margin-winged stick insect and red epacris
Margin-winged stick insect, Ctenomorpha chronus, and red epacris, Epacris impressa. (Walking stick mantis, Phasma sp.) Chromolithograph after an illustration by Louisa Anne Meredith from her book

Background imageMargin Collection: Copperleaf snowberry and purple apple-berry

Copperleaf snowberry and purple apple-berry
Copperleaf snowberry, Gaultheria hispida, and purple berry, Billardiera longiflora. With emerald king butterfly, Papilio palinurus

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 151r: A Hound and Rabbit Jousting, marginal decoration from

MS 1-2005, fol. 151r: A Hound and Rabbit Jousting, marginal decoration from
FIT309721 MS 1-2005, fol. 151r: A Hound and Rabbit Jousting, marginal decoration from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 58r: Saul sending Doeg to kill the priests of Nob

MS 1-2005, fol. 58r: Saul sending Doeg to kill the priests of Nob
FIT309708 MS 1-2005, fol. 58r: Saul sending Doeg to kill the priests of Nob, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: Mary Queen of Scots Prayer Book (ink on parchment?) (see also 279121)

Mary Queen of Scots Prayer Book (ink on parchment?) (see also 279121)
DON279120 Mary Queen of Scots Prayer Book (ink on parchment?) (see also 279121) by French School, (16th century); His Grace The Duke of Norfolk

Background imageMargin Collection: Ms 37-1950, ff. 1v-2r: Title page and miniature of King David in prayer

Ms 37-1950, ff. 1v-2r: Title page and miniature of King David in prayer
FIT276986 Ms 37-1950, ff.1v-2r: Title page and miniature of King David in prayer, from the Medici Psalter, Florence, c.1480-90 (gold ink & tempera on parchment)

Background imageMargin Collection: Scientific diagrams, from the Codex Leicester, 1508-12 (sepia ink on linen paper)

Scientific diagrams, from the Codex Leicester, 1508-12 (sepia ink on linen paper)
XBP340122 Scientific diagrams, from the Codex Leicester, 1508-12 (sepia ink on linen paper) by Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519); Private Collection; Photo eBoltin Picture Library; Italian

Background imageMargin Collection: Narcissi; white flower, cream-coloured centre; white, yellow centre with crimson margin; yellow

Narcissi; white flower, cream-coloured centre; white, yellow centre with crimson margin; yellow
6009695 Narcissi; white flower, cream-coloured centre; white, yellow centre with crimson margin; yellow, orange centre; yellow; Height from 8 to 18 inches (engraving) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: Styles of masonry (litho)

Styles of masonry (litho)
6013703 Styles of masonry (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Styles of masonry. Illustration for The Harmsworth Encylopaedia (c 1922).); © Look and Learn

Background imageMargin Collection: Shah Jahan enthroned with Mahabat Khan and a Shaykh, The Padshahnama

Shah Jahan enthroned with Mahabat Khan and a Shaykh, The Padshahnama
2956979 Shah Jahan enthroned with Mahabat Khan and a Shaykh, The Padshahnama, 1629-30 (w/c, ink & gold on paper) by Abid, son of Aqa Riza (fl.1640); 37x25.2 cm; Arthur M

Background imageMargin Collection: Ms 1-2005, ff. 182v-183r: David praying, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter

Ms 1-2005, ff. 182v-183r: David praying, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter
FIT276999 Ms 1-2005, ff.182v-183r: David praying, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: Ms 1-2005, ff. 38v-39r: The Anointing of David, historiated D

Ms 1-2005, ff. 38v-39r: The Anointing of David, historiated D
FIT276990 Ms 1-2005, ff.38v-39r: The Anointing of David, historiated D initial from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: Ms 3-1954, f. 193v: Preparation of the Eucharist, miniature from a Book of Hours made for

Ms 3-1954, f. 193v: Preparation of the Eucharist, miniature from a Book of Hours made for
FIT276936 Ms 3-1954, f.193v: Preparation of the Eucharist, miniature from a Book of Hours made for Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, after 1370 (vellum) by French School

Background imageMargin Collection: Scientific diagrams, from the Codex Leicester

Scientific diagrams, from the Codex Leicester
XBP340121 Scientific diagrams, from the Codex Leicester, 1508-12 (sepia ink on linen paper) (detail of 240120) by Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519)

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 204r: Playing an Organ, marginal decoration from the Macclesfield Psalter

MS 1-2005, fol. 204r: Playing an Organ, marginal decoration from the Macclesfield Psalter
FIT309729 MS 1-2005, fol. 204r: Playing an Organ, marginal decoration from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 182v: David Praying, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter

MS 1-2005, fol. 182v: David Praying, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter
FIT309726 MS 1-2005, fol. 182v: David Praying, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 139v: The Annunciation to the Shepherds

MS 1-2005, fol. 139v: The Annunciation to the Shepherds
FIT309720 MS 1-2005, fol. 139v: The Annunciation to the Shepherds, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 133r: An Archer and St. John the Baptist

MS 1-2005, fol. 133r: An Archer and St. John the Baptist
FIT309718 MS 1-2005, fol. 133r: An Archer and St. John the Baptist, marginal decoration from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 116v: In the Cauldron, marginal decoration from the Macclesfield Psalter

MS 1-2005, fol. 116v: In the Cauldron, marginal decoration from the Macclesfield Psalter
FIT309717 MS 1-2005, fol. 116v: In the Cauldron, marginal decoration from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 115v: A Rabbit riding a hound, hunting, marginal decoration from

MS 1-2005, fol. 115v: A Rabbit riding a hound, hunting, marginal decoration from
FIT309716 MS 1-2005, fol. 115v: A Rabbit riding a hound, hunting, marginal decoration from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: Circumcision ceremony (litho)

Circumcision ceremony (litho)
3096397 Circumcision ceremony (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Circumcision ceremony. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageMargin Collection: Ms 1-2005, f. 175v, from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c

Ms 1-2005, f. 175v, from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c
3590712 Ms 1-2005, f.175v, from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (pen & ink and tempera on vellum) by English School, (13th century); 17x6.2 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 77r: David and the Fool, historiated initial from the Macclesfield

MS 1-2005, fol. 77r: David and the Fool, historiated initial from the Macclesfield
FIT309712 MS 1-2005, fol. 77r: David and the Fool, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 161v: The Father and Son, historiated initial from the Macclesfield

MS 1-2005, fol. 161v: The Father and Son, historiated initial from the Macclesfield
FIT309723 MS 1-2005, fol. 161v: The Father and Son, historiated initial from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia, c.1330 (vellum) by English School

Background imageMargin Collection: MS 1-2005, fol. 9r: The Tree of Jesse and the Beatus initial border with musician

MS 1-2005, fol. 9r: The Tree of Jesse and the Beatus initial border with musician
FIT309701 MS 1-2005, fol. 9r: The Tree of Jesse and the Beatus initial border with musician and grotesque combat, from the Macclesfield Psalter, Use of Sarum, East Anglia

Background imageMargin Collection: Ms 38-1950, f. 29r: David at the head of a procession carrying Goliath

Ms 38-1950, f. 29r: David at the head of a procession carrying Goliath
FIT277707 Ms 38-1950, f.29r: David at the head of a procession carrying Goliaths head on a lance, from the Bohun Psalter, c.1370 (vellum) by English School



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"Exploring the Margin: A Glimpse into Historical Manuscripts and Artworks" In the world of ancient manuscripts and artworks, the margin holds a captivating allure, and is within this seemingly insignificant space that hidden treasures are often discovered, shedding light on forgotten stories and artistic marvels. One such treasure is the illuminated Wenzelbibel manuscript, where intricate illustrations adorn its margins, bringing to life biblical tales in vibrant colors. These delicate depictions serve as windows into a bygone era, transporting us back to a time when religious texts were revered for their beauty as much as their spiritual significance. Venturing further into history, we encounter Aristotle's Ethica written on parchment. Its carefully crafted words occupy the center stage while annotations and commentaries find solace in the margins. Here lies an intellectual dialogue between scholars across centuries—a testament to Aristotle's enduring influence. Moving from philosophy to spirituality, a fragment of a Missal captures our attention with its exquisite detailing on vellum. Amidst prayers and liturgical text lies an intricately painted Virgin and Child—an ethereal vision that transcends time and connects believers through generations. The it also reveals itself as a canvas for storytelling in Joanot Martorell's Tirant Lo Blanc facsimile dedication page. Elaborate calligraphy dances alongside enchanting illustrations on vellum—inviting readers into an epic tale of chivalry and romance. Artistic expressions take diverse forms within these boundaries; watercolor paints bring The Young Krishna Kills the Demon Vatsasura to life on orange paper while historiated initials grace vellum pages depicting Doeg killing priests or Death striking fear in hearts from East Anglia's Macclesfield Psalter. Even beyond manuscripts lie remnants of papal missals like Marlay Cutting IT. 34—fragments that preserve scenes like The Deposition from the Cross amidst ornate borders made of precious parchment.