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Exhibition features Picture Bible, March 6-June 6

The University Art Museum is bringing the Middle Ages to life with its presentation of "The Book of Kings: Art, War and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible" on view through June 6.

The Picture Bible one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts produced in France during the 13th century has been unbound for research and study, offering visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view 26 of the book's original pages in a single exhibition. Organized by the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, the exhibition uses the Picture Bible, on loan from the Morgan Library in New York, to explore ways in which Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures used storytelling to define themselves and their values.

On view with the Bible are other objects from the Gothic period arms and armor, religious artifacts and everyday domestic items similar to those seen in the pages of the manuscript itself. On Saturday, March 27, the art museum, the Index of Christian Art and the Department of Art and Archaeology will present a colloquium, "Between the Picture and the Word: The Book of Kings in Focus," which will honor John Plummer, professor of art and archaeology emeritus and former curator of manuscripts at the Morgan Library.

For more information about the exhibition or the colloquium, visit the museum's Web site .

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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