Cycle of Old and New Testament Images, Possibly Prefatory Cycle for a Psalter

A work made of manuscript with 58 full-page miniatures on parchment, with gothica textualis inscriptions in red (probably post-production addition) and black in french and latin (only on ff. 9v-10r), ruled in graphite, with 2 (modern) fly leaves upper and lower cover, and with trimmed edges and modern cardboard binding.
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  • A work made of manuscript with 58 full-page miniatures on parchment, with gothica textualis inscriptions in red (probably post-production addition) and black in french and latin (only on ff. 9v-10r), ruled in graphite, with 2 (modern) fly leaves upper and lower cover, and with trimmed edges and modern cardboard binding.

Date:

c. 1250 (bound 2003)

Artist:

Northern France or Flanders

About this artwork

Altogether six miniatures in this small volume chronicle the story of Noah as an exemplar of virtue and trust: on the left, Noah helps his family escape the flood; on the right, a dove with an olive leaf signifies their deliverance. Such full-page miniatures that served as the primary means of relaying the story, without text, also served as reminders of proper and improper behavior. They probably once prefaced a psalter, or book of Psalms, which both lay and religious communities recited on a daily basis.

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Title

Cycle of Old and New Testament Images, Possibly Prefatory Cycle for a Psalter

Origin

Northern France

Date

1245–1255

Medium

Manuscript with 58 full-page miniatures on parchment, with gothica textualis inscriptions in red (probably post-production addition) and black in French and Latin (only on ff. 9v-10r), ruled in graphite, with 2 (modern) fly leaves upper and lower cover, and with trimmed edges and modern cardboard binding

Dimensions

120 x 100 mm (image, average); 170 x 120 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Reference Number

1915.533

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