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The Crusader Bible thumbnails. 43r · Fol. 43v · Patronage · About the Book · Artists · Inscriptions · Provenance · Technical Analysis of The Crusader Bible. Maciejowski Bible: Commissioned ca. by King Louis IX of France (Saint Louis); illuminated by a number of leading Parisian artists. One of my favourite primary sources for the thirteenth century is a remarkable manuscript known as the Maciejowski Bible (Pierpoint Morgan Library, New York: .

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Manuscript | The Crusader Bible | The Morgan Library & Museum

Later, in the eighteenth century, inscriptions were added in Judeo-Persian. The commentary volume to the facsimile edition makes both the various artistic aspects and the history of the manuscript accessible to the reader.

We gratefully acknowledge the intellectual, artistic and creative efforts and achievements of the following participants responsible for the creation and preservation of this masterpiece of historical illumination:. Each page contains all the scenes from an individual leaf, front and back there are 46 recovered original leaves in the reproduction, as stated earlier. The paintings pictorially present a vast variety of information regarding the 13th century, in story-fashion, very much like a pictograph, or the Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

The Ammonites in the middle are caught between the charging forces of Saul the one striking the Ammonite king on the head and a second party who are making a sortie from their fortification. Folio 10 verso back. Hanun humiliates David’s ambassadors. All in all, six painters participated in the illumination of the Crusader’s Bible. It is most famous for its astonishing and vivid illustrations, which were produced by six or seven different medieval artists.


Show Macifjowski Like This by: No text should disturb the beholder whose main interest lay in the illustrations. Scholars have suggested that Shah Abbas did not approve of that story and may have had the leaves cut out.

It must have been a hand of the 17th century who translated the Persian text into Hebrew.

We are happy to listen to your suggestions and improve this page. In Maciejowski entrusted the luxurious work to a Papal delegation visiting the Persian Shah Abbasas a gift and incentive to side with the Christian world against the victorious Turks.

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Of particular importance to Louis was apparently the depiction of war scenes, in order to emphasize his thoughts and ideas on the Crusades. Looking for the price? Faksimile VerlagExport to Endnote. This confers to each individual picture and to each single page of this magnificent manuscript its particular and very special character. Man in shausses – detail. Our research staff shall be delving into this seemingly inconsequential, yet historically essential and widely debated piece of minutia.

On some pages the pictures also spill out into the margin.

A Magnificent Picture Book One of the greatest art treasures of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York is an illuminated manuscript which retells the story of the Old Testament in monumental illustrations, from the Creation of the world to King David. To me this is one of the best illustrations in the entire manuscript. Of all the books commissioned and owned by King Louis, the Crusader’s Bible is without doubt the most extraordinary.


The Crusader Bible

The Morgan Picture Bible stood over a foot tall and contained more than scenes from the Old Testament, extending from the story of Creation to the reign of King David. It is reported that he had them later blinded and killed, for fear that they would be too popular among his people. The story is depicted in great detail and without any text, recalls the Creation of the worldthe Righteous Wars and the deeds of the most important characters of the Old Testament.

ScriptoriumExport to Endnote. Biblia de Maciejowski miniatura h It included a preface by John Plummer as well as the original history of the manuscript itself by Sir Sydney Cockerell. Approximately years later in the early ‘s, the ownership of the manuscript was transferred to Giovanni d’Anthanasi through a sale in Egypt. Until they locate a definitive, authoritative and documented answer to this conundrum, we suggest that you, essentially, “take your pick” or, if you know of another pronunciation, please email us and we will add it to the list of possibilities until an answer is found.

The historiated Bible of Louis the Sain t was made around in a Parisian workshop.