I am–still, in 2015–amazed at the number of online resources available for lovers of art, history, art history, archaeology, exhibitions, and on and on. In fact, I seem to stumble upon a new resource every week. With that in mind, I have decided to use this blog to collect my findings in one place. Hopefully, my collection of various resources will prove useful to others as well. (That would be you, Reader!) In addition, I hope to use this site to periodically muse on all things art and history. It’s wonderful to discover a new artist or to reconsider a favorite work of art, but what is the fun of all of that if you can’t share your thoughts?
So, let me begin with something I learned of today via Turning Over a New Leaf at the University of Leiden. The Khan Academy (If you don’t yet know about Khan Academy, you’re missing out. It’s an amazing free educational resource!) has recently made available a fascinating course: Books and the dissemination of knowledge in medieval Europe. One of my favorite classes in grad school was on the history of books, so this especially piqued my interest. The audiovisual content and pictures are fantastic and the course does a great job of really helping you understand the life of medieval books. I encourage you to check it out, even if you don’t want to commit to a whole course.
While we’re on the subject, if this kind of thing interests you, I highly recommend Scribes and Scholars by L. D. Reynolds and N. G. Wilson. One of my favorite academic reads. Anyway: Check out the course over at Khan Academy. It’s impressive stuff!