Modelbooks & Sketchbooks
Exemplum: Model-Book Drawings and the Practice of Artistic Transmission in the Middle Ages

The Macclesfield Alphabet: A Facsimile

An assortment of images from model books and sketch books used by calligraphers, illuminators & illustrators, and even painters from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. These are useful resources for understanding how medieval artwork (especially calligraphy and illumination) was done.

Where noted, facsimiles of some of these modelbooks are available for sale.

This list focuses on the modelbooks and sketchbooks used for elements in illuminated manuscripts, rather than covering the entire field of pre-17th century drawings and sketches.