From a world lit only by fire, some of the most beautiful Bibles were created, illuminated and enlivened with breathtaking illustrations. With The Bible Illuminated: How Art Brought the Bible to an Illiterate World, edited by Karen York, immerse yourself in the Bible in a visually creative way that awakens your imagination, and journeys you through all of time with emotional impact.
The Bible Illuminated, edited by Karen York contains exquisite reproductions of the best illustrated manuscripts from history and scholars' detailed descriptions combine to create a stunning, authentic, and powerful book that will become a keepsake treasured for generations. The breathtaking photographs of these profound artifacts can be appreciated simply for their art and beauty. Readers will discover the geographical, theological, and historical contexts of these documents, as well as how illustrations disseminated the Bible among a mostly illiterate population.
The Bible Illuminated, edited by Karen York has theses unique Features:
- Chronological representation of illuminated manuscripts and scholars' comments about the development of each, starting as early as 600 A.D.
- Large size, high-design, and breathtaking illustrations make this book a treasured keepsake item
- Highly gift-able with interior pages on rich heavy-coated paper
Physical Info: 0.9" H x 10.0" L x 8.7" W (2.1 lbs) 208 pages
The Bible Illuminated: How Art Brought the Bible to an Illiterate World edited by Karen York ISBN:1945470127 EAN: 9781945470127
"One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord" (Psalm 24:4, NRSV)
"The sum of your word is truth; and every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever" (Psalm 119:160, NRSV)
Given the Bible's strong emphasis on both beauty and truth, is it any surprise that faithful Jews and Christians during the Middle Ages found a way to merge these two realities?
The Bible Illuminated is an eye-popping exploration of ways ancient scribes took their revered, meticulously copied biblical manuscrips and began to adorn them with lavish artwork. These illustrative efforts are referred to as illumination, from the Latin word illuminare, meaing "to light up." And honestly, there's no better word to describe the practice. These books do "light up." After centuries, their dazzling colors and remarkable calligraphy still have the power to take one's breath away.
Far more than a collection of old religious artifacts, the manuscripts highlighted in this book are priceless works of art. They celebrate the glorious, ingenious union of piety and creativity, faith and paint inspiration and decoration.
Their sheer beauty would be enough. But there's more. Behind all the exquisite artwork is a wealth of fascinating history--little-known stories of powerful kings, wealthy duchesses, gifted artists, and generous philanthropists.
Through the sumptuous photography of these pages, we invite you to immerse yourself in the Bible in a highly visual way. It is our hope that The Bible Illuminated will stir your imagination and nourish your soul.
Table of Contents
Docex Purpureus Rossanensis
Book of Durrow
The Lindisfarne Gospels
The Moutier-Grandval Bible
Book of Kells
Harley Golden Gospels
Gospels of Saint-Medard of Soissons
First Bible of Charles the Bald
Golden Gospels of Henry III
Codex Aureus of Echternach
Psalter of Queen Melisende
De Brailes Psalter
Psalter of Saint Louis
La Somme le Roi
Cantigas de Santa Maria
The Cervera Bible
The Queen Mary Psalter
Psalter of Robert de Lisle
The Golden Haggadah
Speculum Humanae Salvationis
The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux
Psalter of Bonne of Luxembourg
The Sarajevo Haggadah
Hours and Psalter of Elizabeth de Bohun, Countess of Northampton
Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
Visconti Book of Hours
Grandes heures de Rohan
Psalter and Hours of Alfonso V of Aragon
Hours of Etienne Chevalier
Borso d'Este Bible
Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castille
London Rothschild Hours
Hours of Bonaparte Ghislieri
The Great Hours of Anne of Brittany
Stuart de Rothesay Hours
The Older Prayer Book of Emperor Charles V