The mysterious Ripley Scroll

29 October 2016 11.00am 3.15pm


Treasury, Weston Library (Map)


Alexandra Marraccini, RSA-Kress-Bodleian Fellow


Weston Library Information desk 01865 277094


Alexandra Marraccini will speak on one of the Bodleian's magnificent Ripley Scrolls, a sixteen foot long mysterious encoded recipe for the Philosopher's Stone. Drawing on ideas from across the Bodleian's collections, she will explain how the scroll works as image and allegory, and how it forces us to ask fundamental questions about the nature of truth and our own role as humans in a vast and complex world.

Alexandra Marraccini is a doctoral student in the History of Art at the University of Chicago, a visiting member of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and the current RSA-Kress-Bodleian Fellow at the Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book.

Image credit: MS. Ashmole Rolls 53


Talks take place at 11am | 1pm | 3pm and will last approx. 15 minutes each.


Admission free. No booking required.

This event is listed under: Lectures and talks; Free events
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