Weekly Bulletin
October 11, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 5
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Getty funds medieval manuscript catalog
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Getty funds medieval manuscript catalog


Folio 100r of The Windmill Psalter, an English Gothic manuscript of the late 13th century (M.102)

The Getty Grant Program has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Index of Christian Art to support the initial phase of a project to create an online, digitized, searchable catalog of the medieval manuscripts in the collection of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City.

The Morgan Library houses nearly 1,300 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, spanning some 10 centuries of Western illumination. Notable holdings include the ninth-century bejeweled Lindau Gospels and the 15th-century Hours of Catherine of Cleves. An independent research library and museum with extensive holdings of manuscripts, drawings and rare books, the Morgan Library has been a educational institution since 1924.

Christian iconography

The Index of Christian Art at Princeton is the largest archive of medieval art and the most comprehensive database for Christian iconography in the world. Focusing on Christian art in all media from the early apostolic period to the late Middle Ages, the index currently holds descriptive records of over 200,000 works of art recorded in more than 500,000 entries and classified under 26,000 subject terms.

Under the proposed project, staff at the Index of Christian Art will photograph, digitize and analyze the iconography of all medieval manuscripts in the Morgan Library's collections. The project will cover approximately 30,000 medieval illustrations from over 500 manuscripts dating from the Late Antique to the Late Medieval period. The text and image records will be included on the index's web site, which is available by subscription.

The Getty Grant Program is a part of the J. Paul Getty Trust that funds a diverse range of projects including research in the history of art and related fields.