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Coloured Drawings Of Faith Fighting Idolatry, In Prudentius's 'Conflict Of The Soul'

Coloured Drawings Of Faith Fighting Idolatry, In Prudentius's 'Conflict Of The Soul'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1120

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Titus D XVI

Item number: f.6r

Length: 15

Width: 10.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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Prudentius (born 348; died after 405) was a Christian Spanish lawyer who, late in life, turned to writing. Among his most important works is the 'Psychomachia' (Conflict of the Soul), an allegorical poem concerning the struggle between female personifications of Virtues and Vices for the human soul. Most illustrated copies of the text (including three in the British Library) seem to be descendants of a 5th- or 6th-century exemplar. This one was probably made at the abbey of St. Albans. Faith (in green, with loose hair) conquers and tramples on Idolatry, and celebrates the victory by crowning a martyr.

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