COLORFUL OLD ILLUSTRATED
BIBLE MANUSCRIPTS AND
BIBLE MINIATURES ON THE WEB
The hyperlinks below are to web
sites that have pictures of Bibles, Breviaries, and the Book of Hours.
IMPORTANT: These links are
for the sole purpose of providing you with the images of the Bible and the Book of
Hours pages. They are not intended to be an endorsement of any
accompanying text, which in most cases is minimal. Also,
clicking on the image will often take you to an enlarged picture or image.
Lindisfarne Gospels - Moved to
named after Johann Gutenberg. Sometimes called
the Mazarin Bible after the French Cardinal Mazarin It is the first
book to be printed with movable type. Possibly 180
copies were printed.
Proverbs 1r Vol 2
Page 1r Vol.
Tobit Book [liber]of Tobit [Tobias] [Latin]
Matthew or [Matheus]
Pictures of Catholic German Language Bibles Before Martin Luther
Book of Revelation or [Apocalypse]
Links. See images of them at this site.
Miniature from the Gospel of Ebbo: Saint Mathew.
Before 823 A.D. (Epernay: Bib. Munic.)
17x14 cm. The Gospel was written at Hautvillers for
Archbishop Eboo of Rheims (d. 843). Ebbo was a
commoner who rose in the context of the court school and from there was assigned the archbishopric of Reims.
Miniature from the Four Gospels: Saint Mathew.
Reims school, 845-882 AD (New York: Morgan Library
M.728 f.14 v.)
Miniature from the Four Gospels, showing Saint Mark.
Reims school, 845-882 AD. (New York: Morgan
Miniature from Stuttgart Psalter, Black and White:
Ps 143, 10, showing David and Goliath. First
quarter of the 9th c. A.D. (Stuttgart: Wurt.
Landesbib. Folio 158 v.)
Anglo-Frankish Miniatures during the Carolingian Era
Halberstadt Gospel: Incipit of the Gospel according to Saint
Anglo-Frankish school, 9th c. A.D. Note the dot decoration,
interlacing, and the zoomorphs.
Gospel according to Luke: Incipit, possibly from
Saint Pantalion, Cologne, from the: "Quonia[m Quidem]," from the Gospel
according to Luke. 9th c. A.D. (Koln: Stadtarchiv. Nr. 147 f67v). 27x21.6 cm.
Evangelary of Saint Mary and the Martyrs: Incipit or the
beginning of it. Trier: Mark Incipit. 9th c. A.D. (Trier: Stadt. Bibl Cod. 231
f. 6). Typical Irish colors and interlacing. The letters are still Roman
majuscule rather than Carolingian miniscule.
. Cadmug Evangelary Miniature: Incipit page. 800-833 A.D.
Iro-Fulda school. (Fulda Lib. Codex Bonif. 3). Missionary monks, such as the
Irish Cadmug, would have made small evengelaries they could stick in a pocket
for travelling. Most of these works have been lost.
Front binding from the Four Gospels, St. Gall. 9th c. A.D..
Back cover of the Four Gospels, from Saint Gall. 9th c. A.D.
Except the four evangelists in the corners, reflects the Irish aesthetic.
bible printed by Nikolaus Jenson, 1479
Venice's early reputation as a printing center was largely due to the works
of Nikolaus Jenson, who, from 1470 to 1480, printed ninety-eight known works,
primarily ancient classics, legal, and theological literature. His Antiqua type,
based on Roman inscriptions, is considered the perfect embodiment of humanistic
This 1479 Bible, printed on vellum, is an outstanding incunabulum, with
illuminated initials, and precious miniatures such as that showing scenes from
Genesis: the Creation of Man, the Fall, and the Expulsion form Paradise.
Bibliotheek's Religious works
(National Library of the Netherlands)
Mediaeval manuscripts and illumination.
Daniel Proves Susanna's Innocence
Book of Daniel chapter 13
Deuterocanonical Books of the Bible)
Tobias leaves Tobit; Tobias travels with the angel Raphael
Tobias and the angel Raphael taking leave of Tobit and Anna
Raphael and Tobias with fish
Judith beheads Holofernes with his own sword
The Bible in education: Susanna, Tobias, Esther, Judith
of Jerusalem 1200 AD.
High (1.7 mb)
Bodleian Library, Towards an Image Catalogue . . .
Bible moralisée. France, Paris(?);
13th century, c. 1235-45.
MS. Bodl. 270b, fol. 183v (detail of
roundels D 1-2).
Bible 13th century See Judith, Baruch, Maccabees
Manuscript of the Gospels: Ireland? second half of the 8th
century Text with decorated initials
Psalm 1 (Beatus vir), from a Psalter: St. Albans abbey,
c.1270-80, Illuminated initial B at the beginning of
Book of Hours:
Nationale de France provides
14 and 15
century Book of Hours and breviaries
Berry's Petites Heures, France, Paris 14th Century.
Breviary of Martin of Aragon, Spain, Catalonia 15th Century.
The Catalan Atlas, Spain, Majorca 14th century.
Biblical scenes :Clicking on
the particular title will give you several
Annunciation , Is one of my favorites in this group
Two of my favorites,
click on the small image to see it enlarged or the whole page.
Parchment 1164 AD, and a Bible 1255 AD Great
picture of Bible.
Matthew's Gospel. A beautiful scene from a page in the first
Hellenic Ministry of Culture for The Country of Greece
catalogue - a large file because of the thumbnails
Calligraphy From Selected Collections
several thumbnail collections like
Museum of Fine Arts
University site includes
OF HOURS LEAF second quarter of the 15th c., France,
Miniatures from the 13th to 16th centuries. Nice selection of JPEG
FIFTY ONE LEAVES FROM MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS
Western Europe: 12th - 16th centuries
de Liège. Bibliothèque. Miniatures des manuscrits
French Language only. Click and
manuscript on the left and then click a paticular page on the top.
Rex has a link to
THE BOOK OF HOURS OF
DUC DE BERRY
Book of Hours
Illuminated for the Daughter of Francis I
The Bible as Literature and Art
Book of Hours , At the Bibliotheca Schoenbergensis:
University of Pennsylvania,
Manuscripts, Images from Medieval and Renaissance
Columbia University Library. Mostly
(University of Liège, Belgium)
Bible - The Gospel of St. Luke - (no pictures) shows
translations in Old English / Middle English /
Early Modern English / Present Day English
is devoted to
collecting, storing and distributing digital images of
St. Mark: St. Severin Gospels, incipit. English (Glastonbury?). Beg. 10th c.
A German Web
site with links to JPEG illuminations
Miniature showing the creation of Eve, the Fall, and banishment from Eden
Saul, the King in this colorful biblical miniature.
Gospel of Mark 1: 1-3 - In Coptic 1205 AD
manuscript of the four Gospels is one of the finest surviving Coptic codices of
the Middle Ages. This codex includes both a Coptic version of the Gospels,
translated from the Greek, and an Arabic translation. Opposite the text is
a miniature of the Evangelist writing the first word of his Gospel, with the
archangel Michael standing beside him.
Gospel of Luke 20: 1-8 - In Arabic - 993 AD
Translated from a Coptic original, it is one of the earliest surviving
Arabic versions of any part of the New Testament.
. Psalter In Ethiopic Fifteenth century
God as Architect / Geometer,
from the French Codex Vindobonensis 2554,
God as Architect Builder Geometer Craftsman
The Frontispiece of
Bible Moralisee about AD 1220.
Bible moralisée, AD 1233 with Deuterocanonical Books
Book of Tobit,
Nativity of Christ's Birth
The Biblia pauperum ("Paupers'
Bible") was a tradition of picture Bibles.
Three episodes from a block-book Biblia Pauperum illustrating typological
correspondences between the Old and New Testaments:
Eve and the serpent, the Annunciation, Gideon's miracle
The Velislai biblia picta is an
illuminated manuscript of 1325-1349, which is in effect a picture-book of
the Bible, as the text is limited to brief titles or descriptions of the 747
pictures from the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Creation of the World in the Velislav Bible
worshipping Baby Jesus: Beautifully decorated Missal,
scourging at the pillar Kat.-Nr. 118
the Cross: Shedding His most precious Blood. Kat.-Nr. 118 p84
the Cross with the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John
Wisdom of Solomon Kat.-Nr. 69 — Hs. 427H
Plutarchus. Guarinus Veronensis. Florenz,
1: Kat.-Nr. 80 — 36
Psalterium. Varia. Böhmen, 4. Viertel 14. Jh. (vor 1396 ?).
Prophet Baruch: From a Bible fragment. Biblia 1385 Mähren, Kat.-Nr. 28
Matthew: Colorful full page miniature of him from the 9th Century.
Bible Oxford England , early 13th century
fol 5r Genesis Initial I n Creation
fol 69r Joshua proclaiming to the people
fol 85v Ruth
fol 117v Kings 4 old version Kings 2 new Initial P revaricatus
fol 159v Judith praying
fol 168v God correcting Satan
fol 176v Psalm 1 Initial B eatus David playing harp
fol 184v Psalm 51 52 David and Goliath
fol 187r Psalm 68 69 Jonah and whale. God above
Wisdom of Solomon
fol 218r Solomon holding scepter
fol 223v Ecclesiasticus Sirach Initial O mnis Solomon holding sword
fol 269r Lamentations Jeremiah weeping
fol 270v Baruch with Jeremiah dictating below
Letter of Jeremiah - Baruch Chapter 6
fol 272r Letter of Jeremiah
fol 289r Daniel and the lions
fol 300v Jonah in the whale. God above
fol 307v I Maccabees
fol 325v Matthew Initial L iber
fol 363v St Paul he falls off horse Acts 9
2 John 3 John Jude
a) II John.
Initial S(enior) St. John the Evangelist, bearded (as the Ancient) holding
b) III John.
c) Jude. I(udas)
fol 401r Apocalypse Revelation Initial A pocalypsis
Bible Latin England Oxford early 13th century Illuminated
Book of Tobias from
Bible AD 1270
Matthew’s Gospel 1: 1-3: Evangeliarium, 9th Century.
1: 4-16: Text only, Latin. Evangeliarium Kat.-Nr. 92
Evangelist Lukas Kat.-Nr. 92
Wien oder Wiener Neustadt,
Matthew (Evangelist Matthäus.) Mat
1:1 Kat.-Nr. 133
Matthew's Gospel Chapter 1: 1-6 Kat.-Nr. 133
St. Luke ,
John , John
1:1 Kat.-Nr. 133
cover for what was obviously a prized possession Evangeliarium Kat.-Nr. 133
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