Fwd: Lindisfarne Gospels and other rare literary treasures online
- I thought someone had shared this already, but I can't find it so I'll send
it along. Apologies if it's a duplicate :-).
>Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 20:08:38 -0800That URL is now:
>Subject: [mdstaff] Lindisfarne Gospels and other rare literary treasures
>Turning pages without cracks or tears
>John Ezard, arts correspondent
>Wednesday April 21, 2004
>You have been allowed to handle one of the world's oldest and most
>precious books - and as you turn the pages, you notice with horror
>that the paper is starting to crinkle under your finger.
>For such fragile manuscripts, crinkles are but a step away from
>cracks and tears.
>This frisson of nightmare has to date been available only to a few
>privileged scholars permitted to touch the books, but from today can
>be shared by all the 10 million UK households that are online.
>The British Library has put 10 of its greatest and rarest literary
>treasures, from the Lindisfarne Gospels to the world's earliest dated
>printed book, the Diamond Sutra, on to the internet.
>Tony Blair yesterday hailed the project, Turning the Pages, as a
>"magnificent example" of what the internet could achieve.
>The electronic facsimiles are so realistic that the pages do appear
>to crinkle as they are turned by mouse clicks. However, the damage is
>an illusion. Smaller details, almost invisible on the actual
>manuscripts, like the realistic cat on the opening page of the
>Lindisfarne Gospel of St Luke, are revealed by a zoom facility.
>The zoom also shows the glee on the faces of the devils and
>lascivious women who torment St Anthony in a play ing-card sized
>painting in the Sforza Hours, a book of hours commissioned by the
>Duchess of Sforza in the 1490s.
>The painting, by Giovan Pietro Birago, was once so celebrated that it
>was insured for more than Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna of the Rocks.
>Today, Leonardo's notebook of drawings and writing is probably the
>most valuable item of all the collection.
>Most of the digitised versions have been readable on terminals for
>about 100,000 visitors to the library's exhibition galleries in its
>headquarters near St Pancas station in London. The prime minister,
>who has visited the galleries' set-up, said in a tribute to the
>spreading of the page-turning technology to the internet that it
>"opens access to a broad spectrum of our cultural heritage".
>Other books on the website are the Luttrell Psalter (1590), the 14th
>century Hebrew Golden Haggadah from Spain, the Sherborne Missal of
>around 1400, Sultan Baybars' Koran of 1306, Elizabeth Blackwell's
>Herbal of 1737-1739, and Andreas Vesalius's Anatomy from the 16th
>To see Turning the Pages, go to
>bl.uk/collectionstreasures/digitisation.html/. The site requires a
>Macromedia Shockwave plug-in, which can easily be downloaded.
Baintighearna Muirghein Dhaire Faoilciarach /|\
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