Paper & Ink Arts www.paperinkarts.com 800-736-7772
John Neal, Bookseller www.JohnNealBooks.com 800-369-9598
Letter Arts Review is a beautiful magazine, international in scope, full of reproductions, interviews and reviews of lettering.
Bound & Lettered encompasses artists’ books, bookbinding, as well as calligraphy. It contains reviews, interviews, and instructive articles about materials and techniques.
Both of these magazines are published by John Neal, Bookseller, www.JohnNealBooks.com 800-369-9598.
Calligraphy on line
There are many websites offering digitized views of early manuscripts. Here are a few that I enjoy.
Bodleian Library www.tinyurl.com/ej9o3
This link takes you directly to the Bodleian’s medieval manuscript collection. They have some very early herbal treatises as well as beautiful examples of decorated letters and illuminations.
The Burnet Psalter at the Aberdeen University Library
Peruse a beautiful psalter lovingly reproduced, page by page. The details are clear and the gold leaf really shines. Details of the illuminations are available as well as translation of the Latin text into English.
Digital Abbey Library of St. Gallen www.cesg.unifr.ch
These manuscripts are very old, 8th and 9th centuries. There is something about their simplicity, limited color, and decoration that is rooted more in sign and symbol than naturalism that I find very moving.
The Book of Kells http://goo.gl/gmfsC
The Book of Kells is probably the most well-known medieval manuscript. It too is very old having been made about the year 800. Its insular majuscules are beautifully written and it is lush with decoration. Trinity College has done an excellent job of digitizing the pages of the book making it very easy to zoom in for a really close look.
The Lindisfarne Gospels http://goo.gl/9X0ajd
The Lindisfarne Gospels is even older than the Book of Kells having been written at the very end of the 7th century. It is exquisite. It is unusual in that it was written and decorated by one person, Eadfrith, Bishop of Lindisfarne. It also contains the earliest surviving English translation of the Bible written in tiny insular cursive between Eadfrith’s elegant majuscules in the 10th century.
The Codex Gigas at the National Library of Sweden
This is believed to be the largest extant medieval manuscript, hence its name which means giant book. It was made in Bohemia, currently the Czech Republic, most likely in the early 13th century. It has a number of interesting features including some very handsome pages.
The Saint John’s Bible www.saintjohnsbible.org
The Saint John’s Bible brings us to the 21st century. It is the first completely handwritten Bible to be commissioned in 500 years. It was finished in 2007. The site provides images of the calligraphy and illuminations as well as descriptions of the process of making it.
Other sites of interest
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation—Ann teaches watercolor and drawing classes at Sheep Hill, WRLF’s home base.
Berkshire Botanical Garden—Ann teaches watercolor at the garden in the summers.
IS183 Art School of the Berkshires— Ann teaches drawing at exPRESS on Main Street in North Adams, MA and calligraphy at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA through IS183.
Wildstone Farm—Ann made the logo, and they grow great vegetables.
Tony Conner—Bennington based plein air painter www.tonyconner.com
Mountain Goat Artisans—130 Water Street, Williamstown, MA. A very nice gallery on the Green River showing work by area artisans. www.mountaingoatartisans.com