ArtworksBiblia latinaGermany, Soest, c. 1300SoldThis stunning manuscript is attributed to the scriptorium of a Dominican monastery near Seost. It was probably illuminated by three different hands who produced high-quality work.3of 3Masterpiece of early Westphalian illuminationOverview
Compared to Parisian bibles from the same period this Biblia latina seems more individualised which points to a special commission that was likely made in the workshop of a monastery. Written in dark brown ink, there are 44 large historiated initials and numerous floral initials with border decoration, all in full colours on burnished gold.
This manuscript was likely made in or around Soest in Westphalia which was known as a trading centre around 1300. Soest was connected to the Hanseatic league and therefore had a rich cultural life. Most manuscripts from Soest got lost during World War II – making the manuscript at hand a very rare find.
This bible is richly illuminated with numerous historiated initials. The miniatures are wonderfully detailed, including masterfully designed drolleries, featuring dragons and numerous animals. The manuscript was illuminated by three hands, likely by a master and two of his pupils.
This work is now in the collection of the ULB Münster in Münster, Germany.