French manuscript illustrator to lecture

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 12:00am

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


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