Epistle of St Jerome to Paulinus. Ornamental page from the Berlin copy of the Gutenberg Bible
Gutenberg Bible I/1, Epistle of St Jerome to Paulinus: "Our brother Ambrose ..."
This page from the Gutenberg Bible illustrates the sheer dedication of the translation of the Bible by church father Jerome. The text in this form is preserved in neither the Latin Vulgate nor in modern Bibles. The miniature in the initials depicts St Jerome presenting the open book to Paulinus. This page is wonderfully balanced in its illumination and reflects the full spectrum of the floral and figurative decoration contained in the Berlin copy of the Gutenberg Bible.
Format: ca. 47 x 33 cm (the size may vary slightly with handmade paper)
Reproducing ornamental pages from the 42-line Bible
Our Bible pages are reproduced in the tradition of Gutenberg. Pure linen papier bearing a watermark is created by hand with the greatest of care. The black text is printed on historical Gutenberg Museum machines. The rubrication, headings, ornaments and miniatures are drawn in and painted by hand with the utmost perfection by our book artists. True to the mediaeval art of book embellishment, first an initial drawing is made and then the gold leaf is applied. Only then do our artists begin to illuminate the prints in colour.
Applying the fine, raised gilt decoration is an ancient skill which very few artists still master. Here, a base material is applied to the paper layer by layer in an elaborate and time-consuming process to form a platform for the gold leaf.
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