The Art of the Bible
Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World
(In association with The British Library)
- ISBN 9780500239476
- 31.00 x 25.00 cm
- Quarter bound/PLC (no jacket)
- Illustrated in colour throughout
- First published 2016
A gloriously illustrated celebration of biblical manuscripts, representing 1,000 years of history and some of the finest works of art from the medieval Christian world
Illuminated manuscripts of the Bible are some of the finest, most beautiful but least-known works of art to survive from the Middle Ages. Every manuscript included in this major new study is a glorious masterpiece, and is reproduced on a scale that enables us to marvel at the illuminator’s art.
This exquisitely illustrated book presents 45 expertly selected treasures that transport us across 1,000 years of history, passing chronologically through some of the major centres of the Christian world. We travel from Constantinople, Lindisfarne and imperial Aachen to Canterbury, Mozarabic Spain, Crusader Jerusalem, northern Iraq, Paris, Bologna, Naples, the Low Countries, Rome and elsewhere, and finish our journey in Gondar, the capital of imperial Ethiopia.
Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, are internationally renowned scholars who shed light on each manuscript’s fascinating history and significance. Scot McKendrick is Head of Western Heritage Collections at the British Library, where Kathleen Doyle is Lead Curator, Illuminated Manuscripts.