Professor to explain medieval leaves and ‘The Art ...

Professor to explain medieval leaves and ‘The Art of the Book’

This medieval-era leaf from the Book of Hours, a liturgical book of the Catholic Church, is written in brown Gothic liturgical script with capitals touched in red and features burnished gold flowers, fruit and ivy leaves. It is part of an exhibit now on display at the James E. Walker Library.

The decorative and colorful artistry of medieval books will be the subject of a discussion at MTSU’s James E. Walker Library on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Dr. Laura Cochrane, an assistant professor in the MTSU Department of Art, will talk about “Medieval Pages: From Manuscript Leaves to Digital Images” at 5 p.m. in the library’s fourth-floor Special Collections Department.

The discussion will be in association with the ongoing exhibit “The Art of the Page,” which is on display through January 2013.

Cochrane’s research interests include early medieval art, especially Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian manuscripts. She teaches courses in medieval and Renaissance art, art history methods and Islamic arts.

Cochrane earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Davis, her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her doctorate from the University of Delaware.

Refreshments will be served at this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kristen Keene at 615-898-5376 or

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