The manuscripts have been grouped and arranged chronologically, independently of shelf marks. Besides enabling the in-depth cataloguing of the codices, this also allows the scriptoria that executed the illuminations to be presented and their connections to specific traditions to be visualised.

The project has initially been divided into the following phases: illuminated manuscripts from the 6th to the 12th century; illuminated manuscripts of the 13th and 14th centuries (part 1: German-speaking lands; part 2: France, Italy and the rest of Europe). In the current project (first project phase) 150 of the total of 240 illuminated manuscripts from the 6th to the 12th century will be described in art historical terms (Augustei, Gudiani, Weißenburger and Helmstadienses).

The most recent results of the project will be published in the HAB’s manuscript database while the project is still in progress.


Funding: DFG
Duration: February 2020 – January 2023
Project participants: Dr Stefanie Westphal (team member)