Thursday, December 4, 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art to Show "The Winchester Bible" Through March 2015

Opening "V" of the Book of Jeremiah, Winchester Bible, fol. 148r, ca. 1160–1180. Winchester Cathedral Priory of St, Swithun. Tempera and gold on parchment. Lent by the Chapter of Winchester Cathedral. Image courtesy of the Chapter of Winchester Cathedral
NEW YORK---Masterfully illuminated pages from two volumes of the magnificent, lavishly ornamented Winchester Bible—a pivotal landmark of medieval art from around 1200—will be shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for three months, beginning December 9, in the exhibition "The Winchester Bible: A Masterpiece of Medieval Art."  Probably commissioned around 1155–60 by the wealthy and powerful Henry of Blois (1129–1171), who was the Bishop of Winchester (and grandson of William the Conqueror and King Stephen’s brother), the manuscript is the Cathedral’s single greatest surviving treasure. [link]