New Calligraphy Kit? New Pens/Nibs? Some tips on how to get started and a reminder for the rest of us.

Originally posted on scribescribbling:
This will be a series of blog posts aimed to help the newly starting calligrapher.  I won’t cover every detail as beginners tend to get overwhelmed by all the details.  This is about how to get started and then improve from there. Christmas time is often when people are gifted their first calligraphy kit(s).  They get…

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Art in the Eastern Roman Empire

Originally posted on Novo Scriptorium:
A nation’s tastes and mentality are nowhere more clearly preserved than in its arts. These embody its loftiest ambitions and most telling achievements. Byzantium’s arts clearly reflect the national genius, for the sharp division between religious and secular art did not hamper Byzantine artists; since both flourished side by side, artists had ample opportunity for…

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British Library Hebrew manuscripts site.

Originally posted on Novgorod to Three Mountains:
A useful looking resource: The British Library has set up a new page focusing on Hebrew manuscripts, many medieval. The digital collection includes Haggadahs, Torahs, Pentateuchs, and various treatises. Additionally, the site has articles explaining various aspects of these manuscripts. Check them out here. Some examples: 14th c Pentateuch Excerpts from Maimonides’ Code…

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