Sanctity Pictured Symposium: The Abbey Bible: An Early Mendicant Moment Captured (Part 2)

Sanctity Pictured Symposium (Part 2)

Presented by Dr. Christine Sciacca, The J. Paul Getty Museum on January 10, 2015

The site of the first university in Italy and the foundation of the Dominican Order, Bologna and its scriptoria supplied texts to both the academic and preaching communities throughout central Italy. A resplendent product of this context is the Abbey Bible, one of the most remarkable illuminated books of scripture produced in Bologna in the late thirteenth century and on view in Sanctity Pictured. The manuscript’s initials and margins teem with biblical narratives and playful vignettes, including portraits of Dominican friars, sometimes side-by-side with Franciscans. The pages of the book offer insights into the types of texts and images desired by these communities and reveal the kinship between the two orders at this early moment in their histories as they pursued the mendicant life.

This presentation was part of a symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy, on view at the Frist Art Museum from October 13, 2014 through January 25, 2015.

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