The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

Harrowing of Hell / English
Illustrations in manuscripts delighted the eye and gave medieval viewers an entry point to their devotions. In this lecture, Kristen Collins, associate curator, Department of Manuscripts, explores the Life of Christ (Vita Christi) tradition in medieval manuscript illumination and prayer.

Events from Christ's life served as a means of organizing personal prayers. The Life of Christ, part of the Museum's collection, is an English manuscript demonstrating two distinct phases of this tradition in the visual arts. Originally created as a picture book in about 1190, the manuscript presents in 51 images scenes from Christ's childhood, ministry, and Passion.

Prayers, inscriptions, and more images were added to the book hundreds of years later, which transformed the core of the manuscript into a rosary manual. It was designed to lead the reader through the 50 aves of the rosary prayer, which was swiftly growing in popularity across Europe. Complements the exhibition Stories to Watch: Narrative in Medieval Manuscripts

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