The J. Paul Getty Museum has Acquired the Abbey Bible


The J. Paul Getty Museum has added a very rare, very important item to its Italian manuscript holdings and upcoming exhibit Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200-1350: The Abbey Bible, an illuminated manuscript from the Gothic era named for it’s previous owner, a collector of Italian manuscripts.

“It is extremely rare for a complete Italian volume of this splendid quality to come onto the market,” said Thomas Kren, acting associate director for collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum. “The Abbey Bible is set apart by its unusually lavish illumination that spills into the margins, often activating the entire page with whimsical figures, Biblical narratives, and images of Dominicans and Franciscans in prayer.” 

The Bible will go on view at the Getty Center on December 13.