Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Speaker: Catherine Yvard - Collections Curator, the National Art Library

With over 2000 cuttings from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, the V&A holds one of the largest collections of this kind in the world. On the occasion of the Fragmented Illuminations exhibition at the V&A (8 September 2021-8 May 2022), curator Catherine Yvard will explore the history of this collection, and highlight some of the exciting discoveries made while researching for the exhibition.   

Catherine Yvard is Collections Curator at the National Art Library within the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, United Kingdom. She is an expert in late medieval manuscript illumination and Gothic ivory sculpture, with an extensive knowledge of databases and manuscript cataloguing, acquired through work on major digitization projects at the Bodleian Library, the British Library, the Courtauld Institute of Art and Trinity College Dublin. She has most recently been investigating the V&A’s collection of manuscript cuttings in preparation for a small exhibition entitled Fragmented Illuminations which opened in early September and will run until early May 2022.  

Organised by Dr Tom Nickson (The Courtauld). 

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10 Nov 2021

Wednesday 10th November, 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Free, booking essential

Lecture Theatre 1, Vernon Square and Online via Livestream

Please note this event will be live streamed to allow those outside London access to the event. All those who wish to access the event via this online method should book a ‘Livestream’ ticket rather than ‘Lecture Theatre’ ticket.

Booking closes 30 minutes before the event start time.


Medieval illustration
Pentecost, from a gradual made for the monastery of San Michele in Murano, 1392-99, Florence, Italy. V&A, Museum no. 3045 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London