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Historiated Initial With A Tree Of Jesse, In A Bible

Historiated Initial With A Tree Of Jesse, In A Bible

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1220

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 C.i

Item number: f.231r

Length: 34

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Most medieval Bibles contains the 'Vulgate' version of the text, which was translated from Hebrew into Latin around the year 400 by St. Jerome, or revisions of it. This copy was illuminated by a professional Parisian illuminator who seems to have lived near the cathedral of Notre Dame, and who signed his name, 'Master Alexander', in another manuscript. By the 13th century this manuscript was in England, and in 1449 it was owned by the church of St. Michael's, Crooked Lane, London. Matthew's Gospel (and therefore of the whole New Testament) begins with a recitation of the ancestry of Christ. In illuminated Bibles this is often represented by a Tree of Jesse, as in this example, where Christ, The Virgin Mary, and King David are all recognisable.

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