The Getty Museum’s Videos on Medieval Manuscripts

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More Videos on Medieval Manuscripts from the Getty!

The Getty Museum YouTube Channel has recently added a couple of videos concerning their medieval manuscripts. The latest one concerns chivalry in the Middle Ages. The title is self-explanatory: in a little over two minutes the video explains how the way chivalry worked back in those days, while in the background you can see some of the beautiful manuscripts in their collection. Overall, the video is very well made and interesting but, in my opinion at least, they could have expanded on the argument a bit. Nonetheless, very worth a look! Here it is:

On the other hand, video number two (uploaded around two weeks ago): “Making Manuscripts”, is a 6:19 minutes long video that explains clearly how manuscripts were made. There is a lot of information: starting from the creation of parchment all the way to the making of the binding, passing by the writing and the making of miniatures. A very refined and technically well made video.

Sexy Codicology is on YouTube too!


As you might know, Sexy Codicology is also on YouTube. We have our own little channel where we try to collect all the videos we find on YouTube concerning medieval manuscripts. We also upload our own, every once in a while. We use material made available from institutions that allow users to freely use the images they have uploaded. That is why you will find that most of our videos feature images from the Getty, thanks to their Open Content Program:

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.

This licence, plus the exquisite quality of the images uploaded, allows us (and you!) to create short videos where we highlight some of the beautiful illuminations from the collection.

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Giulio Menna
Giulio is an MA graduate in Book and Digital Media Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is also system librarian at Leiden University Library. Founder and developer of Sexy Codicology and the DMMmaps Project; lover of medieval manuscripts and of all things digital.