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The Book of Books: The Bible

We take you on a journey of discovery through the centuries: The Bible, the best-selling book in world history, has changed greatly in its language and aesthetic form since the Middle Ages. Back in the early twelfth century the monks and nuns needed religious texts for the liturgy. The design of the Bible evolved over the course of time – from the medieval manuscript via block printing to the printing of the so-called B42 (the 42-line Bible of Johannes Gutenberg). Bible illustration was also influenced by the respective art epochs: from the book illumination of the Middle Ages to the artwork created by renowned artists of today.

Activity: Use gouache inks and brushes to paint your own (ready-made) initials. And anyone wanting to give free rein to their creativity can also design their own initials.

Age: from class five

Curriculum link: Catholic religion, Protestant religion, ethics

Information and reservation:

Phone: +49 341 2271-324

Last update: 23.6.2017

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