A remarkable aspect of the Christian tradition has been the production of richly illustrated copies of the Scriptures. The most beautiful Bibles were produced during the European Middle Ages. Learn about the major stages in the history of medieval Bible decoration and illustration, beginning with the oldest surviving complete copy of the Vulgate and including the Bibles moralisées, the magnificent Bible picture-books made for royal and aristocratic patrons between the 13th and 15th centuries.

Timothy Graham is a Distinguished Professor of history and a Regents’ Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM. He served as director of the Institute for Medieval Studies from 2002 until 2020, organizing the acclaimed annual Medieval Spring Lecture Series. He holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Cambridge and an MPhil from the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is the author of Introduction to Manuscript Studies and in 2016 received the Medieval Academy of America’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies.