This exquisitely illustrated book examines the history of the illuminated bible in eye-opening detail.
For two millennia the Bible has inspired the creation of extraordinary art. Within this history, illuminated biblical manuscripts are among the best tools for understanding early Christian painting and artistic interpretations of the Bible as well as the context of the world at large.
This extensively illustrated new book uses 45 illuminated biblical manuscripts to transport readers through 1,000 years of history and across the Christian world. Specially selected by two experts from the British Library, each manuscript is a glorious masterpiece and is reproduced on a scale that enables the reader to marvel at the illuminator’s art. Passing chronologically through many of the major centres of the Christian world, from Constantinople and imperial Aachen to Canterbury, Mozarabic Spain, Crusader Jerusalem, northern Iraq, Paris, London, Bologna and Rome, the authors shed light on some of the finest but least-known paintings from the Middle Ages, and on the development of art, literature and civilisation as we know it.
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