Innovating Text and Image in Medieval Bruges
The central figure in the exhibition is Colard Mansion, a mysterious figure who first appears in local documents in 1457 and disappears again after 1484. During his years in Bruges he was responsible for producing an outstanding corpus of work – books, manuscripts and prints. Mansion’s name calls to mind the luxurious parchments and beautiful incunabula of Bruges in the late Middle Ages; a world characterised by both tradition and innovation. Mansion’s oeuvre was firmly rooted in the existing craftsmanship of the book-making industry for which medieval Bruges was famed, a cosmopolitan industry with a strong international anchoring. Mansion was closely involved with these developments, being an excellent copywriter and translator, as well as a book entrepreneur in the widest sense of the word. Find out more about the ‘Haute Lecture’ exhibition from the Groeningemuseum’s website.
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