June 18, 2007

Library of St. Gall online

The purpose of the “Codices Electronici Sangallenses” (Digital Abbey Library of St. Gallen) is to provide access to the medieval codices in the Abbey Library of St. Gallen by creating a virtual library. The project will begin with a two-year pilot to digitally reproduce a selection of the finest illuminated codices at such a high resolution that researchers cannot only work with the manuscripts but also perform detailed (art historical or otherwise) analyses of the miniatures in the codices.
The online library is now up to 144 codices. For those unfamiliar with St. Gall (aka Sankt Gallen), here is a brief intro from the site:
With its 2,100 codices, the Abbey Library counts as one of the oldest and most important codex libraries in the world. Half of the codices were written during the Middle Ages, 400 of them before 1000 A.D. The Abbey Library has been in continuous existence for over 1,200 years. It is the only major medieval convent library still standing at its original location.
The architecture of the abbey complex is no longer medieval, however, but exuberantly Baroque.

ADDENDUM: I see via the Cranky Professor that the Liber Floridus site provides access to the illuminated manuscripts of the Bibliothèques Mazarine and Sainte-Geneviève, to the tune of some 1600 manuscripts and some 31,000 images.

Posted by David on June 18, 2007 9:40 PM

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