While testing the Standard map yesterday evening, I randomly clicked one of the pins to check if everything was working as intended. I ended up on the Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum (MDZ) website and started giving a look around. As imaginable, after five minutes I was drooling for the quantity of amazing manuscripts that you can find on this website.
The Treasure Bindings at the MDZ
It is difficult to choose what to feature from the Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum. There are at least 2016 digitized medieval manuscripts ranging from the 7th century to the 14th century, plus many (guessing another thousand or more) from the 15th and 16th century. The MDZ possesses many gems within these books that it is simply impossible to find them all and post them here, so I chose to feature the treasure binding that I was able to find. Enjoy!
The overall browsing experience through the MDZ is satisfying. The images are big and of very good quality: not too dark, not too bright. There are some things that could be improved:
- Ability to select manuscripts only.
- The possibility to see more than just five miniatures at a time.
- Creative Commons copyrights.
I literally just scratched the surface in this post. As you can imagine, every cover presented here hides a digitized illuminated manuscript behind it. Plus, these are just five or six medieval manuscripts out of thousands of them. I strongly advise that you jump into the MDZ and randomly browse. Who knows which treasure unseen for years you might come across. Have fun discovering!
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