Description & Technical information

This manuscript from the Cistercian Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba is one of the earliest witnesses to the book of Job with the Ordinary Gloss – particularly important as evidence of the circulation of that text in Italy very soon after it was written.  The script used in the margins for the glosses is remarkable - microscopically minute but with no loss of legibility.  This is a small, light volume, tall and rather narrow, suitable for private reading, in the cloister, or at the roadside, of the great biblical text promising comfort and constancy in time of trouble.

Date:  1125-40
Period:  Middle Ages, 12th century
Origin:  Northern Italy
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art