[POSTPONED] Lunchtime Talk | The European Illuminated Manuscript, A Cultural Tapestry

Date / Time

  • May 23, 2023
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

This program is sponsored by Lenore Steiner and Perry Lerner.  

This program is postponed until Tuesday, May 23


  • Admission is $15. Student Admission is $10. 50% off for Rosenbach members, free for the Delancey Society. Not a member? Learn more.
  • This is an in-person program at The Rosenbach Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society members on March 2, for members on March 9, and for the general public on March 16.



In the nineteenth century, the terms “Middle Ages” or the “Dark Ages” were used to describe the period between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. Many of us were taught that this was a time when humans were just trying to survive. It was a time when art floundered, communities became isolated and cross-cultural connections disappeared. Over the past several decades, scholars have begun to think about the medieval period as being more global with very active networks and links between people and places. Medieval illuminated manuscripts do a wonderful job illustrating this point. Rather than being isolated and provincial, these manuscripts draw on global networks and helped to keep artistic tradition alive. The Rosenbach’s Director of Education, Emilie Parker will show examples of manuscripts from the Rosenbach and other collections and will illuminate the cross-cultural influences between their pages. 

About Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach 

Enjoy Lunchtime Talks at midday with leading scholars, artists, and authors talking about their work. Tea sandwiches and light refreshments included. 


Image caption: Book of Kells, Folio 292r, Incipit to John. “In principio erat verbum.” Trinity College Dublin.