Exhibition: ‘The Illuminated Bibliotheca: Production and Circulation of the Bible in Portugal’, National Library of Portugal, 28th October 2021 – 22nd January 2022

EXHIBITION – National Library of Portugal – 28 Oct. 2021 to 22 Jan. 2022
Showroom – 3rd floor | Free entrance.

The exhibition focusses on the Romanesque Bible manuscripts that have been preserved in Portuguese collections. During the Middle Ages these venerable books displayed their splendor, and they still do so up to the present day, with some being true artistic treasures celebrating the art of illumination. Besides offering us a privileged view of medieval religious practices, the Romanesque Bibles on show represent an unquestionable cultural and artistic heritage, fully justifying their study over the centuries. Alongside a few other, later exemplars of the Sacred Page, this exhibition seeks to introduce to the public works that, in various ways, continue to fascinate and enrich. The opportunity to inspect the Bibles from close by enables the spectator to reconnect to this patrimony and to reflect upon his or her own culture.

Scientific committee: Maria Adelaide Miranda and Luís Correia de Sousa in collaboration with Xavier van Binnebeke

Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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