The mission of the Walters Art Museum
is to bring art and people together for enjoyment, discovery, and learning. In support of this mission, the Walters was an early adopter of an ‘open access’ approach to its collection and remains committed to innovative sharing of collection information. This is especially impactful for the Walters’ collection of fragile and light sensitive manuscripts that can only be on view one opening at a time. Since 2008, the Walters has digitized more than half of its collection of over 900 manuscripts and has made these high-resolution images, along with full cataloging information, available online for free under a Creative Commons Zero license. The foundation of this digitization initiative is the Digital Walters
, the museum’s archival repository of digital manuscripts. From its inception, the Digital Walters
continues to support the creation of new research tools, and serve as a resource for users everywhere, for any purpose. The Walters is continually searching for ways to activate the collection and in 2016 created Walters Ex Libris
, a visually engaging website with explorative tools that allow users to interact with and search the manuscript collection in complex ways. As we investigate new ways of making these materials even more accessible, useful, and relevant, the Walters is pleased to introduce this transcription project as an exciting opportunity to build on this history of open access initiatives.
This manuscript, which is dated in a colophon to 1489, is one of the three known fifteenth-century copies of a rare vernacular cosmography originally composed in verse under the title "Image du Monde" (The Mirror of the World) in Lorraine dialect ca. 1245-46. The manuscript provides descriptions...
293 pages: 9% indexed, 9% translated, 3% needs review
This is a single leaf from a dispersed manuscript (Aya Sofya 3703, later Top Kapi Seray 2147) of the Arabic version of De materia medica by Dioscorides (fl. ca. 65 CE) that was copied in 621 AH / 1224 CE in Baghdad. Approximately thirty illustrations were removed from this parent manuscript that...
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These are four consecutive leaves (numbered fols. 237-241) from an illustrated manuscript of the Arabic version of De materia medica by Dioscorides, copied in the seventh century AH / thirteenth CE in Iran. Pedanius Dioscorides wrote his treatise on medicinal plants in the first century CE. It...
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