Item No: mca2421842
Additional Title: Bible
Rare Book Department
This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1250.
Initial B with King David playing his harp, beginning the Book of Psalms
The thirteenth century saw the development of small, portable Bibles. Romanesque Bibles had been large-format, grand productions. In order to create an easily carried, single-volume Bible the script became impossibly small. In this example, the scribe wrote about twelve lines to the inch.
Because so much had to be written in a small space, these portable Bibles contain relatively little illustration. In this manuscript, most of the figural imagery is contained in the historiated initials that begin the various books of the Bible. The majority of the illumination was carried out in the Johannes Grusch workshop, a prolific Parisian workshop named after the priest responsible for copying one of its Bibles in 1267.
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Lewis E 242
Johannes Grusch workshop - Artist