by John Hawk, Special Collections and University archive
On exhibition in the Donohue Rare Book Room at University of San Francisco through January 15th is Notes of Beauty, guest curated by Museum Studies graduate student Fahimeh Rahravan. Featured are a set of illuminated gradual leaves from the rare book collection. Graduals are liturgical works that were used by choirs during Mass. The vellum leaves are manuscripts; the notes, text, and decorations were all created by hand. The works on display date from the fifteenth to the sixteenth century and are extremely fragile and can only be displayed for a limited amount of time.
While serving as Library Student Assistant, Rahravan did extensive research on these pieces: their history, use and meaning. Please visit us for a rare chance to view these extraordinary items.