Manuscripts from Italy, France, Bohemia, and Moravia.
Continuation and Conclusion of the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts from the Fourteenth Century in Graz University Library


funded by the FWF: P28767-G24
1. 1. 2016 - 30. 6. 2020

Project management: Dr Christine Beier
co-workers: Mag. Christina Weiler (1. 1. 2016 - 31. 5. 2017), Sophie Dieberger, MA (since 1. 9. 2017), Dr Michaela Schuller-Juckes (since 16. 5. 2019)

A central issue for the humanities today is intellectual and cultural transfer in the Middle Ages and its crucial historical role in the creation of present-day Europe, in the surge in technical and scientific progress, and in the development of cultural identity and diversity. The proposed project is dedicated to two groups of fourteenth-century manuscripts in the University Library in Graz, which are appropriate for studies on the material side of this phenomenon: one group came to Graz via various monasteries in Styria and Carinthia, but comprises works originally produced in Italy, France, Bohemia, and Moravia; the second group came to Graz from the same institutions, was decorated in Austria but in the style of imported manuscripts. The assessment of this material will follow the established method for cataloguing illuminated manuscripts in Austria: the physical features and contents are described, with particular attention paid to the artistic decoration and its placement in the text. In a section on "style and classification", it is attempted to make a grounded suggestion on the place and date of a work's production, primarily on the basis of art-historical comparison.