Illuminated Manuscripts

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Single Leaf from a "Biblia Pauperum": Christ Crowned with Thorns and Christ Carrying the Cross (1410) - Public Domain Bible Painting

Details:Also known as the "Poor Men's Bible," the Biblia Pauperum was a simple picture book used to explain biblical prophecies and symbolism. These volumes served as an aid for preachers to demonstrate the unity of the Bible. The iconography of these popular books juxtaposed two Old Testament scenes with...

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Christ Carrying the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Descent from the Cross, and the Entombment (1325-1350) Unknown Author - Public Domain Catholic Painting

Details:On this leaf, lively figures tell the story of Christ’s Crucifixion and of his appearances after the Resurrection. They are part of an extensive picture cycle from an early 14th-century book disassembled almost 200 years ago, its illustrated pages now scattered in libraries and private collections. The text...

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Crucifix with Three Angels and the Symbols of the Evangelists (1470–1480) by Firabet of Rapperswil - Public Domain Catholic Painting

Details:Early devotional woodcuts are exceedingly rare today because, ironically, they were such a common part of fifteenth-century life. Available by the thousands from peddlers or monastics and at shrines and fairs, these images were carried around, tacked up for use as home altars, sewn into clothing, and prayed to...

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Book of Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic Queen of Spain (1500) by Master of the First Prayerbook of Maximillian and Associates - Catholic Stock Photo

Details:The original owner of this exquisite book of hours was Queen Isabella of Spain, who sponsored Christopher Columbus's exploratory voyage to the Americas. Eventually this book found its way to the New World and was acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1963. Isabella’s book of hours...

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Crucifixion by Master of the First Prayerbook of Maximillian and Associates (1500) - Public Domain Catholic Painting

This manuscript was illuminated by a circle of at least five highly organized manuscript painters active in the Flemish cities of Ghent and Bruges. The principal illuminator was Alexander Bening, who painted the majority of the book's miniatures. Manuscripts produced by this circle of artists are renowned for the decoration...

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