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Time for a Manuscript Close-Up! Welcoming the Abbey Bible to the Museum

Erene Rafik Morcos documenting the Abbey Bible in the Manuscripts Study Room at the J. Paul Getty Museum

The 13th-century illuminated manuscript known as the Abbey Bible recently joined the collection of the Getty Museum—and when the special book arrived, the task of documenting it fell to me. This meant I had to spend a lot of time… More»

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      7 swords, 7 sorrows, 7 tragic events related to Christ’s life and death.

      Today is the Feast of the Virgin of Sorrows, and in this illumination we see the seven events in Christ’s life that brought Mary her sorrow.

      The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin, about 1525 - 1530, Simon Bening. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      09/15/14

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