Item No: mca249001a
Title: Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi (The Compendium of History in the Genealogy of Christ)
Rare Book Department
This image shows one membrane of a roll manuscript which contained the Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi, a condensed version of biblical history that traced the genealogy of Christ beginning with Adam. Composed by Peter of Poitiers, Chancellor of the University of Paris from 1193 to 1205, the Compendium was intended to be hung on the walls of classrooms as a learning aid. This copy was a luxury version since most examples contain only pen and ink drawings if illustrated at all. The roundels that illustrated the entire manuscript contained scenes of significant events in the history of humanity's fall and redemption. Here, the birth of Christ, his death and, finally, his Resurrection gave visual proof of God's forgiveness for the medieval viewer.
This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1280.
Genealogical Tree with the Nativity, Crucifixion, and Resurrection
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Lewis E 249A-B
Peter of Poitiers - Author