Six centuries ago in the Netherlands, innovative manuscript art merged with Gothic style to create a lavish, gold-decorated codex comparing scenes from the Old and New testaments. It is called “Bible for the Poor”, but was it really destined for the common people?
Let’s take a peek at an upcoming facsimile, disclosed at the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair: the Speculum Humanae Salvationis, one of the most popular illustrated works of the Middle Ages.
Between the 10th and 11th centuries, Germany became the center of European book illumination due to the brightly colored surfaces, sumptuous gold, and spiritual intensity of its manuscripts. Scroll down to see the video!