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Art by Berkeley Theology Students Echoes Medieval Manuscripts

Theology scholars from Berkeley studied how quill-wielding medieval monks illustrated manuscripts on calfskin. Their modern interpretations on the old forms can now be seen in a special exhibit at the Alameda Free Library.

If you thought manuscript illustrations created by theologians trained in writing on calfskin with quill pens had become an extinct art form, you may be interested in a exhibit created by Berkeley students now at the Alameda Free Library.

Students from the Center for Arts, Religion, and Education at Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union created artworks of personal prayers in formats the reflect the illuminated manuscripts of medieval times and contempory work.

Their creations can be seen in "The Illuminated Page" art exhibit on the second floor of the library through Saturday, March 2.

"As part of their course work students learned the authentic use of medieval quills, ink and calf skin vellum," according to the library's event listing about the exhibit.

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