Item No: mca249001a
Title: Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi (The Compendium of History in the Genealogy of Christ)
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:
The Compendium is a condensed Christian biblical history that traces the genealogy of Jesus from Adam, and was a popular schoolroom text in the 12th and 13th centuries. This is a scroll fragment from a deluxe copy, decorated with miniatures of Christ’s birth, crucifixion, and resurrection.
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