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New Medieval Art is just what it implies; a new art medium applied to an original Medieval art! This blog has been designed as a way for artists and historians to come together and learn about existing medieval manuscripts.

Throughout this blog is information pertaining to my ongoing project: The Medieval Screen. Under the History page, learn about the history of this project, and how it has been created.

Because of technology today, we have an opportunity to share our travels to other countries with each other, in which medieval manuscripts are found. To share with each other our encounters of medieval manuscripts or their facsimiles. This will help each of us locate and learn about these treasures, and perhaps inspire some of us to create new art from the beautiful images.

This blog is designed for those of us who wish to know where medieval manuscripts are located, where their facsimiles can be found, and to learn what artists are doing to re-capture the art of our past.

My hope is that this focus on medieval art will influence others to do similar artistic projects, and share their work with us here. It will be very interesting to see different art mediums such as: stained glass, tapestries, painting on canvas, wood carvings, or ceramic mosaics of the images from existing medieval manuscripts, for example.

I hope this blog will reach out to historians and artisans that have the same passion for medieval art, as well as to learn from each other by sharing the history that each manuscript represents.

About Julie Carmen:

Julie is a former Research Librarian at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. She is an independent research librarian and archivist who graduated from the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, (Colorado Cohort), with a Masters Degree in Library Science (MLS) and a Graduate Certificate in Archives. This blog was part of her independent study, in which she focused on Copyright Law pertaining to art work, guided history reading, and the study of educational outreach via social networking mechanisms such as blogs.

In addition to medieval history and embroidery, her interests include: music, guitar, piano, herbology, astronomy, and spending time with her husband, cats,and dogs.


  1. I haven’t heard from any of you, but am hopeful that after the holidays, some of you will log in and write about what medieval manuscripts you know about or if you know any artisans that are creating art work from any manuscripts.

    Happy New Year!

    Julie Carmen

  2. This response is from Anne Lane, who gave me permission to post this on the blog.

    Dear Julie –

    As somebody interested in new ways to look at Medieval art, you should be in touch with the calligraphic community, and especially be aware of Donald Jackson’s Saint John’s Bible. Check it out at http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/. If you Google calligraphy, calligraphy guild, and variations on the theme, you will find a wealth of information about people who are bringing the arts of calligraphy and illumination into the 21st century.

    Have fun!

    – Anne

    Anne T. Lane

    Collections Manager


    The Charlotte Museum of History and Hezekiah Alexander Homesite

    Where History Has a Home

    3500 Shamrock Drive

    Charlotte, NC 28215-3214


  3. Julie – knowing your passion for this and how long you have dreamed of bringing such public outreach to fruition, I congratulate you on this stellar success! This is a wonderful contribution and a wonderful new step on your journey – you just keep goin’, girl! Deb

  4. Hello from another voice in Colorado (LaSalle).

    Try this web site for sources of digital images:

    Try searching using the terms
    Medieval cross stitch
    Medieval embroidery
    for kits and patterns

    not exactly what you mean but fun any way.

    My first needlepoint, done with a kit bought in Switzerland was a page from the
    Cod. Pal. germ. 848
    Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse)

    Do you know that the entire Codex is online?

    You have done beautiful work!

    Barbara Hass, retired K-12 librarian, LaSalle,CO

  5. Hello Barbara,
    Thank you so much for this great reference to images. Can you see those images brightened by paint, fiber, glass?

    I did not know that the Cantigas is totally online. Can you post it here?

    Also, I would love to see your work, is there anyway you can post a photo of it?

    Thanks for posting and I hope to hear from you again!


  6. Greetings all,

    I haven’t posted for a while, and I apologize. I was hoping more discussion would evolve around the nice links that have been posted here. I want to research those manuscripts and post information about them.

    For those that may not know,I found the noted locations of the four codices from the Oxford Cantigas de Santa Maria Database and I quote:” Four contemporary manuscripts survive: To (the Toledo MS, now in the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid), T (the códice rico, in the Escorial Library, E (the códice de los músicos, also in the Escorial) and F (the Florence MS, in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence). They represent at least three different compilations or stages in the elaboration of the Cantigas Project: an early collection of 100 poems to which appendices were added (To); followed by a much expanded and highly ornamental collection of 400 (T+F) of which the second volume (F) was left in an incomplete and possibly disordered state; and a reference collection of 400 (E) with many imperfections and signs of hasty completion.” As the scholars here have said it better than I, I thought it was important to mention their database.

    Now we know where to find these original manuscripts should any of us be traveling to Spain or Italy.

    Please post about other medieval manuscripts, where they are found, or where their Facsimiles are found.

    Until next time,


  7. Julie,

    I am so impressed with the way you are following your passion and dreams. The best of luck to you and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!!


  8. I’ve just found this site via Google search and I’ve had a lot of fun exploring all the work you’ve done! This is awesome! I discovered illuminated manuscripts through my college art history courses and i’ve become extremely interested. I started a small online t-shirt business devoted to taking some of my favorite manuscript pages and blowing them up to cover the front of a shirt. The Lindisfarne Gospels are my favorite and the major inspiration for my site. I haven’t really marketed the shirts at all or put it out there because I was just making them for fun, but I’d like to. I do not know the copyright laws concerning the reproduction of medieval art though and I’d like to learn before continuing my work. My site is at http://illuminatedshirts.spreadshirt.com. Cheers!

  9. Hello,

    I love your website, and apologize for taking so long to respond! I will keep your shirts in mind when I need more cool shirts to wear. Please stay in touch,


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