Posts on March 2020
from Beyond the Reading Room

The Preservation of Structural & Historic Integrity: Rehousing the Michigan Manuscripts

New clamshell box for Mich. Ms. 130

The Renaissance and Medieval Manuscript Collection belonging to the University of Michigan Library consists of an impressive array of medieval and early modern manuscripts from multiple cultures and languages, including Greek, Latin, Armenian, and Ethiopian. Fortunately, many of the manuscripts within this collection have largely been left in their original bindings and most damages have gone untreated.

Great Lakes Children's Literature: Lecture and SCRC After Hours Open House

Color illustration of a bird flying low over a marsh. Island or peninsula in the background shows a small house amid dark pine trees

Join Special Collections today for a Great Lakes Theme Semester event at 3pm in Room 660D. Dr. Elizabeth Goodenough of the Residential College will give a presentation exploring the landscapes of the Great Lakes as they shape the lives of children, writers, and illustrators. Also, from 4-6pm tomorrow, stop by Special Collections After Hours in the open study space adjacent to the 6th floor Reading Room. A wide range of published and archival material from Michigan children's literature...

A Drawing Manual and a Watermark

The Artist Workshop, copperplate engraving from Odoardo Fialetti.  Il vero modo et ordine per dissegnar tutte le parti et membra del corpo humano (The Accurate Technique and Order to Draw the Parts and Members of the Human Body)Venice: Remondini, ca. 1700s

This blog post features an extraordinary well-preserved copy of what is perhaps one of the earliest extant drawing manuals that were published in Western Europe in the first half of the seventeenth century. Its author is Odoardo Fialetti, an Italian artist whose professional life flourished in Venice at the end of the sixteenth century; Fialetti had access to Tintoretto’s workshop, eventually becoming an accomplished copperplate engraver. While more than 200 engravings are attributed to him,...