Italian Paleography Workshop

The Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography at the Getty Research Institute

July 14–August 1, 2014

Application Deadline: February 24, 2014

This three-week intensive residential course offers an introduction to reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval though the early modern periods. The course trains students in paleographical skills and offers an overview of materials and techniques. It also situates the history of scripts within the larger historical, literary, intellectual, and social contexts of Italy.

Students examine a wide range of documents including literary, personal, legal, notarial, official, and ecclesiastical works. The course also provides an orientation to the system of Italian archives and allows students to work with inventories, letters, diaries, and other primary source materials from the Getty Research Institute and other collections in the area.

For more information on the Institute and the application process, and to access the link to our online application, please visit:

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