Helena Szépe of the University of South Florida is currently researching illustrations found in Venetian medieval and Renaissance documents. With the assistance of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Professor Szépe is now preparing a book entitled Privilege and Duty in the Serene Republic: Illuminated Manuscripts of Renaissance Venice.
“While researching my dissertation on the woodcut illustrations in a Venetian early printed book, I realized that the designers of the printed illustrations in that book continued to paint in manuscripts and even in printed books,” she said. “I became fascinated with the ways in which the new technology of print evolved from, but also coexisted, with manuscript production; and how artists of the book were involved in, and shaped, both technologies of communication.”
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