Baltimore: Walters Art Museum Receives $265,000 NEH Grant to Help Digitize Medieval Manuscripts
From The Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum has received a $265,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to put toward digitizing its collection of medieval manuscripts and making it available, via computer, to the general public.
The three-year project, “Imaging the Hours: Creating a Digital Resource of Flemish Manuscripts,” includes 113 illustrated manuscripts, encompassing 45,000 pages of text with over 3,000 pages of illumination — elaborate illustrations, such as stylized letters or border decorations. The manuscripts originated in Flanders, now Belgium and northeastern France, from the 13th through 16th centuries.
This is the third NEH grant the Walters has received to help digitize its collection of some 850 medieval manuscripts — one of the largest collections in the Western Hemisphere, second only to the Morgan Library and Museum’s in New York. The Walters received $307,500 in 2008 to digitize its Islamic manuscripts; another $315,000 for its collection of Armenian, Byzantine, Dutch, English, Ethiopian and German works.
The museum’s goal is to digitize its entire manuscript collection.
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