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Early Books Lecture Series: "Wenzeslas Bible"


<p>Detail of image from <em>Die Wenzelsbibel, v. I: Genesis and Exodus</em>, 1390 / Special Collections</p>

Detail of image from Die Wenzelsbibel, v. I: Genesis and Exodus, 1390 / Special Collections

Date: April 1, 2014

Times: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bob Diaz

Description:

Wenzeslas Bible: The Triumph and Glory of Late Medieval Book Production. Art, Religion, and Literature in One Manuscript” with Albrecht Classen, Professor, UA Department of German Studies

While the German King Wenceslaus (1361-1419) experienced a very troubled reign (1376-1400), he worked hard throughout his life to gain highest respect as a patron of the arts. He was an avid collector of most sumptuous manuscripts and competed in this regard with contemporary French dukes. One of the most glorious illustrated bibles ever created in the Middle Ages was the one produced for him, sometime between 1390 and 1400. While the biblical text imposed rather rigid limits on the thematic range of those illustrations, the artists delved into a wide range of options available to them to reflect on everyday life. This Wenceslaus Bible demonstrates what some scholars have called 'the glorious Middle Ages.' There is nothing of the 'dark Middle Ages' to be seen here.

Special Collections hosts the Early Books Lecture Series XI, an annual lecture series where University of Arizona scholars explore the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. In this 11th year of the lecture series, professors of German Studies and English will give their audiences new insights into centuries-old historic texts.

The evening lectures will be held on three Tuesdays in April. All lectures are held in Special Collections and are free and open to the public. The schedule for the Early Books Lecture Series is:

Lecture I: April 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
“Wenzeslas Bible: The Triumph and Glory of Late Medieval Book Production. Art, Religion, and Literature in One Manuscript” with Albrecht Classen, Professor, UA Department of German Studies

Lecture II: April 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
“Secrets of the Renaissance Garden” with Frederick Kiefer, Professor, UA Department of English

Lecture III: April 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
“20,000 Facts and Fables: Pliny’s Natural History in Early Modern Europe” with Thomas Willard, Associate Professor, UA Department of English