J. J. G. Alexander

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Jonathan James Graham Alexander (born 1935), known in print as J. J. G. Alexander, is a medievalist and expert on manuscripts, "one of the most profound and wide-ranging of all historians of illuminated manuscripts".[1]

Alexander edited the Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles from 1975 onwards.[2] In 1988 he became Sherman Fairchild Professor of Fine Arts at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.[3]


  • (ed. with Otto Pächt) Illuminated manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1966
  • Italian Renaissance illuminations, New York: Braziller, 1977
  • Insular manuscripts, 6th to the 9th century, London: H. Miller, 1978. Survey of manuscripts illuminated in the British Isles vol. 1.
  • The decorated letter, New York: Braziller, 1978
  • (ed. with T. Julian Brown and Joan Gibbs) Collected writings of Francis Wormald. 2 vols, New York: Oxford University Press, 1984-88.
  • (ed. with Paul Binski) Age of chivalry : art in Plantagenet England, 1200-1400, London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1987
  • Medieval illuminators and their methods of work, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994
  • (ed.) The Painted page : Italian Renaissance book illumination, 1450-1550, New York: Prestel, 1994
  • (ed. with James H. Marrow and Lucy Freeman Sandler) The splendor of the word: medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts at the New York Public Library, New York: New York Public Library, 2005.


  1. ^ Christopher de Hamel, review of Tributes to Jonathan J. G. Alexander, From: The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, Vol. 10., No. 4, 2009.
  2. ^ Alexander, Jonathan J[ames] G[raham], Dictionary of Art Historians
  3. ^ Library of Congress Name Authority File