Coloring the Biblia Pauperum: Medieval Woodcuts to Illuminate and Inspire

Coloring the Biblia Pauperum: Medieval Woodcuts to Illuminate and Inspire

with commentary by Albert C. Labriola and John W. Smeltz $16.95

November 2016 | paper | ISBN 978-0-8207-0700-6

Forty original woodcuts, each depicting three scenes from the Old and New Testaments, are reproduced in this beautiful reproduction of a medieval blockbook. Now you can color your way through the most famous episodes in Christianity with this edition of the Biblia Pauperum [The Bible of the Poor], poring over the same scenes that enjoyed great popularity with Christians from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries.

To make this creative activity even more meaningful, brief descriptive commentary is provided for each illustration to identify the stories and characters, explain the details, and highlight the meanings and interrelationships of the original woodcuts. While interacting with the artwork, one can also learn more about Scripture, church history, symbols, iconography, and archetypes.



By coloring and contemplating these intricate images — creating your own illuminated volume like those of old — this book becomes an invaluable resource for both inspiration and study. This is a calming experience, rich with spirituality, for the nourishment of both mind and spirit.

Albert C. Labriola was professor of English and Distinguished University Professor at Duquesne University and secretary of the Milton Society of America.  He was also the general editor of the Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies book series.  He was named the Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America for 2000. 

John W. Smeltz was research associate in English at Duquesne University. Dr. Smeltz specialized in Middle English language and literature, manuscript study, and paleography.  





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