April 20, 1986 |
Two Israelis were detained at Cairo Airport as they were leaving the country with ancient Hebrew-language biblical manuscripts in their possession, the newspaper Al Akhbar said Friday. The newspaper said the Israelis had five large manuscripts and three small ones, as well as three plates with Hebrew inscriptions. The Israelis, identified as David Sasson and Gabriel Jonah, said that the manuscripts dated back before Christ and that they had brought them into Egypt from abroad.
August 17, 1996 |
The Middle Ages, with their religious faith and rigid social structure, seem a time so unlike our own as to be unfathomable. The J. Paul Getty Museum's department of manuscripts regularly casts various beams of understanding on the period with its unfailingly absorbing small exhibitions. The latest is called "Illuminating the Mind's Eye: Memory and Medieval Book Arts." It's startlingly different. At a glance, however, it looks pretty much like other displays in this gallery. Rare volumes rest, open, in cases.
September 8, 1991 |
A group of American, Israeli and Soviet Jews occupied the giant Lenin Library on Saturday, demanding the release of thousands of manuscripts they say were seized from their sect's founding father 70 years ago. But the head of the country's biggest library said he could not hand over the Hasidic books, as this might set a precedent for other pretenders to the state's vast cultural archives.
October 21, 2007 |
Monika Jaglarz closed the door to the small office and drew the shades. She spread a green velvet cloth over a wooden table and pulled on a pair of white gloves as though about to perform surgery. "I have had a few years of experience with this now," said Jaglarz, a librarian at Krakow's Jagiellonian University. "But I have to admit, the first time my hands were trembling."
December 29, 2012 |
Before iPads, smart phones and even computers, there was the page: a tangible place to jot down thoughts, work out ideas, write a novel, love letter, thesis or equation. "Pages," an exhibition at the Williamson Gallery at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, focuses on the simple piece of refined pulp as a place for formal and finished ideas and a space for creativity. "It's a way of celebrating the page as our human external memory of choice for the last two millennial," said co-curator and gallery director Stephen Nowlin.
November 28, 2010 |
The concept of history in the Middle Ages was not what it is today, as visitors to the J. Paul Getty Museum's new exhibition of manuscripts will see. In an eye-popping image from "Romance of Alexander," a book made in the 1290s, an unknown artist illustrated a yarn about Alexander the Great making an underwater expedition. Enthroned in a glass diving bell, below a whale that gobbles up much of the pictorial space, the regal explorer calmly observes a colony of nude people, earthly beasts and fruit trees living at the bottom of the sea. "The artist really had fun with this," says Getty curator Elizabeth Morrison, who organized the exhibition with Anne D. Hedeman, an art history professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana- Champaign.