Item No: mca2423270
Additional Title: Bible
Rare Book Department
This item appeared in the exhibition "Sacred Stories: The World's Religious Traditions" in the Rare Book Department, August 2015-January 2016.
This is the label from that exhibition:
In the 13th century the Christian Bible was first copied in a compact format with both Old and New Testament in a single volume. These small books are called ‘pocket’ bibles and were used by a wide audience. Many were practical copies with minimal artwork, but others were more luxuriously decorated. The marginal illustrations in this bible narrate the stories of the Annunciation (upper right) and of the Three Magi (lower margins).
This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1250.
Marginal scenes depicting the journey of the three Magi
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 typically contain relatively little illustration. In this manuscript, however, a slightly later Spanish artist painted in a series of scenes in the lower margins spanning several openings in the Gospels of Luke. These scenes illustrate events from Christ's infancy. Here, they include scenes from the story of the three Magi.
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Lewis E 242
Johannes Grusch workshop - Artist