Friday, June 19, 2009

Orphans of Gold at the Pierpont Morgan Library

Here's a leaf from the Winchester Bible (around 1160-80), the largest English Romanesque Bible, depicting scenes from the life of David. Its part of a new exhibit at the Pierpont Morgan Library on "orphans" i.e. individual pages removed from their manuscripts. This single page is the most important in the Morgan’s collection (scholars refer to the artist as the Master of the Morgan Leaf). Karen Rosenberg reviews the exhibit in today's NY Times:

It is as dynamic as a modern-day comic book but with quietly emotive breaks in the action. In the final panel King David, mourning the death of his young son, buries his face in his red robe.

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