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The Book of Kings: Art, War, and The Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible (Softcover)

Edited by William Noel and Daniel Weiss

The Morgan Picture Bible was designed to bring selected Old Testament stories into a contemporary context for the thirteenth century audience. The creators’ original intention was to make these stories not only powerful and meaningful, but also as appealing and entertaining as possible by placing biblical heroes in contemporary settings.

This book also provides the reader with unique insights into the politics, religion, and culture of thirteenth century France. Eight essays by noted scholars of history and art history bring the court and crusades of King Louis IX (later Saint Louis) to life. Moreover, they demonstrate the relevance of Old Testament stories and imagery both in thirteenth century France and in seventeenth century Iran, when the Picture Bible belonged to the great Safavid ruler Shah ‘Abbas. Beautifully illustrated with full color images of over fifty folios, evoking the color and richness of the original, this book has a selected bibliography and index as well as a technical description of the Bible.

This book accompanied an exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, October 27, 2002-December 29, 2002.

234 pages
12.3”h x 9.3”w


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