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Where to buy … Pen to Press/Paint to Print
The printing press didn&rsquo;t immediately kill the art of manuscript illumination. The works at the<em> </em>C.G. Borerner gallery in New York show a period of experimentation and transition between the two.
 

C.G. Borerner, LLC New York

The printing press didn’t immediately kill the art of manuscript illumination. Craftsmen applied new tools to their old art forms during a period of experimentation analogous to the print-to-digital transition of today. These works from the 15th and 16th centuries include handwritten manuscripts into which woodblock prints were inserted, as well as early printed books with hand-colored prints. The human figures range from intricately reverent to Veggie Tales–caliber caricature. Such objects fascinate in part for the role they played in the lives of their original owners. Some bear doodles, marks, and marginal notes. 23 E. 73rd St., (212) 772-7330. Through May 8. Prices range from $7,000–$150,000.

 

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