Turning the pages of an illuminated manuscript

Produced as part of Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the V&A

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In this ASMR video, watch and listen as Curator Catherine Yvard turns the pages and shows us the detailing of a medieval choirbook from the 15th century.

ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response – a pleasant tingling sensation beginning on the scalp and moving down the neck, which can be triggered by a delicate or satisfying auditory or visual experience.

Join Catherine inside the National Art Library as she introduces us to this illuminated manuscript – a handwritten book which has been illustrated in gold, silver and rich colours that make the page shimmer. She tells us how the manuscript would have been used, shows us the exquisite illustrations, tells us about the parchment that it is made from, and how notation was scraped away with a knife when the liturgy changed.

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Find out more about the object in Explore the Collections.