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Getty | The Invention of Time: Mechanical Clocks and the Age of the Manuscript

October 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The early 14th century was a revolutionary moment in the history of timekeeping, when the first mechanical clocks were invented and hourglasses first appeared in the historical record. The era coincided with the popularization of a type of book called a “book of hours,” which helped segment hourly, daily, and yearly time for its owners. These technologies radically changed how people structured personal and communal time, conducted business, and fashioned worldviews. In this conversation, professor Elly Truitt and curator Larisa Grollemond discuss the intersecting histories of many types of time-keeping technologies, from manuscripts to clocks, exploring how time was described and experienced in the Western medieval world. This program complements the exhibition Transcending Time: Medieval Book of Hours.
Free | Advance sign-up required
Image: October Calendar Page; Slaughtering and Ox and Grape Harvesting; Libra (detail), Workshop of the Master James IV of Scotland. Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment. J. Paul Getty Museum.


October 6, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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