The Art of the Bible at Edinburgh
Next Thursday, 24 August, Dr Scot McKendrick (Head of Western Heritage Collections at the British Library) and Dr Kathleen Doyle (Lead Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts) will be speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about their recent publication, The Art of the Bible: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World (Thames & Hudson and British Library Publications, 2016).
For two millennia the Bible has inspired the creation of art. Within this legacy of remarkable art and beauty, illuminated manuscripts of the Bible offer some of the best evidence for our understanding of early Christian painting and artistic interpretations of the Bible. Scot and Kathleen's book examines 45 illuminated manuscripts from the British Library, ranging from the exquisite Golden Canon Tables, made in Constantinople in the 6th or 7th century, to a 17th-century Ethiopian Octateuch and Gospels.
Two decorated arches with a bust portrait, enclosing Canons 8-10 of Eusebiusâ€™s canon tables: British Library Additional MS 5111/1, f. 11r
Richly illustrated itself, The Art of the Bible seeks to immerse the reader in the world of illuminated manuscripts of the Bible. Each of the manuscripts featured is a treasure in its own right.
Jonah is cast overboard from a ship into the mouth of a whale, and disgorged on the shore outside a city, at the beginning of the book of Jonah: British Library Royal MS 1 E IX, f. 232v
Scot and Kathleen will give a short presentation of several highlights from the book, followed by a discussion about it and the Libraryâ€™s collection of illuminated biblical manuscripts, chaired by Rosemary Burnett.
Tickets and information are available here.
Kathleen Doyle & Scot McKendrick, 'A Divine Art Collection'
Edinburgh International Book Festival
24 August, 14.15â€“15.15 (Garden Theatre)
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