Prologue to the Book of Jeremiah. Ornamental page from the Gutenberg Bible
Gutenberg Bible II/70v: Prologue to the Book of Jeremiah, the Book of Jeremiah 1:1–10, “Jeremias propheta …”
This print contains the last section of the Book of Isaiah, the Prologue of St Jerome to the Book of Jeremiah and the first ten verses of Jeremiah I. God chooses Jeremiah to be his prophet: “With this I place my words in your mouth.”
The especially rich gilding of the initial of “Jeremias propheta” shows a rare complexity and sculptural embellishment and features additional illumination on the top layer of gold.
Format: ca. 51 x 33 cm (the size may vary slightly with handmade paper)
Reproducing ornamental pages from the 42-line Bible
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.
Information on storage and frames
We supply our ornamental Bible prints in either a grey or burgundy presentation folder (format: 51 x 39 cm) together with a brochure on the Gutenberg Bible. If you would like your print framed, you can choose between a removable frame (format: 57.5 x 44 cm) and a handmade, airtight and dustproof frame with a gilt wooden trim. Both frames protect the costly gold leaf as the glass is raised from the passe-partout and thus from the surface of the print.
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