The Materiality of Devotion at Pitts Library

The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print

An exhibition curated by Dr. Sarah Bogue, Kelin Michael, and Emma de Jong.


Devotion is a fully embodied activity that engages the senses as well as the heart and mind. The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print provides visitors with the opportunity to explore a variety of objects, texts, and images that supported devotional practices in the medieval and early modern world. The exhibition invites visitors to consider both the form and the content of these sources, which include traditional theological and biblical material as well as musical scores, cityscapes, and poetry. Though these materials have been removed from their original contexts (manuscript leaves excised from full books and books removed from their sacred or secular settings), the exhibition offers a glimpse into the rich and endlessly multimodal world of premodern devotion.

The exhibition draws on Pitts Theology Library’s medieval manuscripts as well as its world-renowned early print collection, and also benefits from generous loans made by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and the Michael C. Carlos Museum.
Curator-led Exhibition Tours
• Friday, February 1 at 1:00pm
• Friday, February 15 at 1:00pm
• Friday, February 22 at 1:00pm

Exhibition tours for all age groups are available upon request. To arrange a tour, please contact Anne Marie McLean, Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator, at (404)727-5094 or amclea3@emory.edu.

In conjunction with Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print exhibition, Pitts Theology Library is also pleased to invite you to a one day symposium based around the objects and themes of that exhibition. The event will include seven speakers from Emory and the greater Atlanta community, representing the fields of conservation, art history, medieval and early modern history, and the history of all three Abrahamic religions.

The symposium will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Lynley Herbert, Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum. Dr. Herbert's talk on Fragmentary Manuscripts will examine all that goes into making a book, particularly the complexities inherent in dealing with dismantled books. How do art historians go about solving the puzzle of single leaves? Come to the talk to find out!

Thanks to generous funding from the Mellon Humanities PhD Intervention Program and the Laney Graduate School New Thinkers/New Leaders Program, there will be no cost to attend this event! You are more than welcome to attend individual sessions or the full day, but please help us plan for your needs by filling out the form below, with particular attention to the two meals and any dietary restrictions you might have. The deadline for registering to participate in these two meals is February 21.

Click here to register.

Please contact Sarah Bogue (sbogue@emory.edu) with any questions about this event!

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