In June of 2019, around sixty of the Morgan's most treasured medieval manuscripts were sent to Cleveland and Austin as part of the tour for our exhibition Terrors, Aliens, Wonders. Lending these treasures is a great way for us to share our collection with a wider audience, especially those far afield from New York City, but we miss them nonetheless. Last month the manuscripts returned, and so I sat down with Joshua O’Driscoll, our Assistant Curator of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts, to discuss why we love the medieval monsters, and what is so special about having them back home. The exhibit examines how monsters were used in the Middle Ages to depict the alien, the terrifying, and the wondrous, all themes that continue to excite us today.
We discussed some of the most significant objects from the collection that have recently returned to the museum. Below is a series of the most exciting highlights.
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