Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Three Faiths Exhibition at NY Public Library

If you like to read or have any interested on the history of writing, this is a very interesting exhibition at New York Public Library covering 200 rare and precious works created over the past 1,500 years. Among them, great works of the miniaturist's art and of calligraphy, drawn from all three faiths, delight the eye, as they have done since their creation centuries ago. Manuscript materials are accompanied by some of the most significant printed works of the past 550 years.

When viewing the Three Faiths exhibition at NYPL, don't forget to visit the Scriptorium. Named after the medieval monastic writing rooms where scribes copied manuscripts, this interactive center compares and contrasts scribing traditions of the three faiths, showcasing the natural materials—animal hides and minerals and gems—from which the parchment and ink are derived. Visitors can make bookmarks with calligraphic materials.

Bellow I had attached three videos present at the interactive Scriptorium exhibit, covering the lettering aspect, how paper, parchment, pigments and tools played an important role on the art of lettering through the centuries.

Artist Karen Gorst from Gost Studio was kind enough to let me share some of the exhibit material explaining how to create such beautiful hand lettering as in the first video.

Karen Gorst's hand lettered Greek alphabet sheet:

Karen Gorst's hand lettered Latin alphabet sheet:

Exhibit Information:
Three Faiths Scriptorium - on-line resources: http://exhibitions.nypl.org/threefaiths/resources
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
October 22, 2010–February 27, 2011


  1. Muito interessante Claudio! Bonito trabalho! Parabéns pelo Blog!

  2. Muito obrigado pelo post e também pelo excelente nível de informações do seu Cozinha de Pintura.