“Fragmented Beauty” is the subject of a new exhibition at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at St. John’s University in Collegeville. It features manuscript fragments of European and non-European origin that span over 1,500 years. The exhibition also explores key components of manuscript research, including content, script and decoration.
Although the items in the exhibition can no longer be displayed or appreciated in their original state, their fragmented beauty still allows viewers to piece together their past, and preserve that knowledge for the future, according to HMML. In addition, the circumstances of fragmentation can also raise important questions about the fragments themselves.
Visitors are welcome to view the exhibition in the Reading Room until August during regular Alcuin Library hours. HMML is staffed Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The exhibit also is available online at www.hmml.org (click on “Fragmented Beauty”).