Wed. Nov 13th, 2019

French manuscript illustrator to lecture

CEU is hosting Richard Leray, a master manuscript
illuminator from Fontevraud l’Abbaye, France from 1-4
p.m. on Nov. 2 in the JLSC Alumni Room. The lecture is
in two parts and is free and open to the public.
Illumination, an ancient art form that dates to the
Egyptians, was used to decorate and elucidate handwritten
books with luminous colors. Stencil illumination is a
technique developed by illuminators at the onset of the
printing press to replicate illuminated works.
This book art form died out in the early 18th century.
Revitalized in the last 20 years, illumination exquisitely

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CEU is hosting Richard Leray, a master manuscript
illuminator from Fontevraud l’Abbaye, France from 1-4
p.m. on Nov. 2 in the JLSC Alumni Room. The lecture is
in two parts and is free and open to the public.
Illumination, an ancient art form that dates to the
Egyptians, was used to decorate and elucidate handwritten
books with luminous colors. Stencil illumination is a
technique developed by illuminators at the onset of the
printing press to replicate illuminated works.
This book art form died out in the early 18th century.
Revitalized in the last 20 years, illumination exquisitely
expresses the traditional themes of culture, religion, and
history though visual imagery.
Manuscript illuminators of the Middle Ages would use their highly skilled art to decorate religious books and
other important documents for the church or for their
wealthy patrons. It is a beautiful art form that can be seen
all over Europe. Manuscript illumination is a part of our
cultural past and it is an interesting topic for any class.
Leray is a recognized authority and artist in the field of
stencil illumination. After becoming a master in his art, he
has been generous in sharing his passion. He is a most
engaging speaker-fluent in English, French, and Hebrewwho
tells stories using the individual pieces of art. He uses
his own antique tools plus original works as examples
during the demonstrations.
For more information contact Jennifer Truschka at
613-5626.

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