Colloque : « Fragmented Illuminations », en ligne, 7-8 juillet 2022

Following from the display Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the V&A (ending 26 June 2022), the V&A will be holding an online symposium over two afternoons on 7 and 8 July.

This symposium will seek to make sense of these detached leaves, cut-out initials and other ornamented snippets. On Day 1, we will examine the practice of collecting pieces and leaves cut from illuminated manuscripts, with a particular focus on the 19th century. On Day 2, we will investigate the original context of some of these cuttings, the books they came from and the artists involved.

Joining will be free, but attendees will need to register online prior to the event. Registration will open in a few weeks.


Each session will consist of 2 papers of 20 minutes each, with 15 minutes afterwards for questions, and then time for everyone to take a short break between sessions. The very first session will be slightly longer, with 3 papers instead of 2.

Start time and end time for each day may shift slightly while the programme is being fine-tuned. This page will be edited accordingly, so watch this space!

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Yvard:


13.00 – 13.15

Session 1: 13.15 – 14.30
Manuscript cuttings at the V&A

Anne-Marie Eze, Houghton Library, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)// Milan’s loss, South Kensington’s gain: Luigi Celotti and the Brera Academy

Catherine Yvard, V&A // An overview of the formation of the South Kensington Museum’s collection of cuttings

William Stoneman, Houghton Library, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) // The Victoria and Albert Museum, Sydney Cockerell and the 1908 Burlington Fine Arts Club Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts

Session 2: 2.30-3.25
The V&A model in Vienna

Helena K. Szépe, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) // The model of the V&A and the Illuminations Collection of the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Fergus Bovill, University of York // Littifredi Corbizzi, Johann Anton Ramboux and a dismembered Italian Renaissance choirbook

Tea break: 15.25 – 16.00

Session 3: 16.00 – 16.55
Collecting manuscript cuttings in Germany

Beatrice Alai, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen- Nuremberg // The miniatures collection of Hippolyte Destailleur and the dream of a Museum of Graphic Arts in Berlin

Mark Mersiowsky, University of Stuttgart // Collecting medieval cuttings in Germany


13.00 – 13.30

Session 4: 13.30 – 14.25
New research on Italian cuttings

Anna Melograni, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo (Rome) // From Milan to Rome and back: Four Lombard cuttings inspired by Pinturicchio’s grottesche

Margherita Zibordi, University of Verona // New findings on two illuminated fragments with blessing Christ in the Victoria and Albert Museum

Session 5: 14.30 – 15.25
The part and the whole

Federica Toniolo, University of Padua, and Matteo Cesarotto, Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Tours) // The St Giustina cuttings: New perspectives

Innocent Smith, St Mary’s Seminary and University (Baltimore) // The part and the whole: Victoria and Albert Museum Ms 8997A-H and the Poissy Antiphonal

Tea break 15.25 – 16.00

Session 6: 16.00 –16.55
Beyond the V&A

Hannah Goeselt, Simmons University (Boston, MA) // Beginning to reconstruct Ege’s Cambridge Bible

Agnès Bos, University of St Andrews // From Paris to Philadelphia: The Book of Gospels from the Order of the Holy Spirit rediscovered

17.00 – 17.30
Closing remarks


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celialocufier (2022, 23 juin). Colloque : « Fragmented Illuminations », en ligne, 7-8 juillet 2022. Centre d'Histoire de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 15 avril 2024, à l’adresse

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