The Bible: From Late Antiquity to the Renaissance (hardcover)

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THE BIBLE: FROM LATE ANTIQUITY
TO THE RENAISSANCE
Writing and Images from
the Vatican Library


The Bible has inspired scholarly and artistic achievements all over the world since Late Antiquity. The largest and most diverse collection of Bibles, in both their calligraphic and illuminative expression, is archived at the Vatican Library.

Given unprecedented access to this archive, major international scholars lead the reader through the Bible's development from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance era. The editors have aimed to show the ways in which the Bible assumed the form of book over time, and the reflections this has had on the history of the culture of humanity.

Lavishly illustrated with dozens of full-color, full-page images.

Hardcover, 372 pages, 9-3/4" x 13"

The Bible from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance: Writing and Images from the Vatican Library

The Bible has inspired scholarly and artistic achievements all over the world since Late Antiquity. The largest and most diverse collection of Bibles, in both their calligraphic and illuminative expression, is archived at the Vatican Library. The scholars who contributed to this volume were given unprecedented access to the Vatican Library archive and, while focusing on the written and illustrative themes of the Bible, have created the most comprehensive chronology to date.

This volume is a journey led by major international scholars through the Bible's development from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance era, allowing all readers of the Bible to marvel at the wisdom of the writings and beauty of the illustrations, many available here for the first time. The editors have aimed at showing the ways in which the Bible assumed the form of book over time and the reflections this has had on the history of the culture of humanity, regardless of the considerations of those who believe that the biblical Scriptures are one of the concrete ways in which God has spoken and speaks to women and men of all ages.

"The serious scholarship of this volume is matched only by the beauty of the reproductions of dozens of images of biblical manuscripts found in the Vatican library. The writing is technical but not inflated, so that the average, well-informed Catholic can understand and appreciate the various articles."
The Catholic Response

"Simply a magnificent volume. It is also massive! As first glance it looks like a coffee table book on steroids: over a foot long and nearly a foot and a half along the spine, it contains more than three hundred and sixty thick glossy pages. I highly recommend this volume to those interested in biblical art, the history of biblical manuscripts, or anyone who teaches the Bible. This is a truly beautiful book with careful scholarship from specialists in each manuscript area."
Reading Religion

Editor Ambrogio M. Piazzoni (born 1951) is the vice prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library, first layman to hold this position. A graduate of Sapienza-University of Rome, educated in medieval history and specialized in palaeography, he spent a number of years as a cataloguer of manuscripts in the Vatican Library before taking charge for the introduction of the computerized cataloguing of manuscripts. As vice prefect (since 1999), he is also the scientific director of cataloguing of the Vatican Library manuscripts and director of the Library's publishing department. He teaches Latin palaeography, which pertains to both writing and illuminations, at the Augustinianum University in Rome. He has published a number of books and more than a hundred articles in scholarly journals and collective works on subjects related to medieval cultural history, biblical exegesis in the Middle Ages, Church history, and history of the Vatican Library.

Editor Francesca Manzari, PhD (born 1967) is a researcher in the history of medieval art at Sapienza-University of Rome, where she teaches the history of illumination. She has taken part, as author and part of the editorial staff, in the Enciclopedia dell'arte Medievale and in the journal Arte Medievale. In 2015 she won the Houghton Mifflin Fellowship for research at Harvard University. She has published several volumes and extensively in international journals, also in various languages. She was on the advisory board for the exhibition Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts from Boston Collections (Harvard University; Boston, September 2016-January 2017), ed. J. Hamburger, W. Stoneman, A. M. Eze, L. Fagin-Davis, N. Netzer. Her research has centered on liturgical and devotional books and manuscript illumination in Avignon and Italy. She is currently working on a book on illumination in Rome during the Great Western Schism.