Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The Anjou Bible Project

The Belgian cultural heritage is a commodity, one that draws researchers and tourists from abroad to our country. To preserve all the beautiful things which can be found in our small country we do need a lot of money.

The Inbev-Baillet Latour Fund awarded 80.000 € to a restauration project on the "Anjou-Bible", a mid 14th-century precious manuscript, kept in a vault at Leuven.
The manuscript was executed at the behest of Robert I of Anjou. In the early 16th century, the manuscript came to the Arras College of the 15 th century university at Leuven, by the doings of the bishop of Arras. And today it still belongs to the university, as it is preserved at the Maurits Sabbe Library (Theology Department).
The recent work on the manuscript was a co-production between llluminare at Leuven and KIK-IRPA, the Royal Institute for the Study and Conservation of Belgium's Artistic Heritage, based at Brussels.


The Anjou Bible Project

Lieve Watteeuw of Leuven University in Belgium presented on February the 23 rd at the Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, L.A., CA an illustrated history of this Anjou Bible  on June the 17th. She compared her findings with the panel painting tradition found elsewhere in Italy from the first half of the fourteenth century.

Here in Europe we soon shall be able to see all the pages in real life at
The exhibition: 10 September until 28 November 2010.

During the exhibition in the new Louvain Urban Museum M the loose illuminated folios of the preserved handwriting shall be shown and confronted with contemporary 14th century illuminated manuscripts.

After this performance to the public,  the folios shall again be bound as a codex.

Dutch article with some photos: Anjou Bijbel


Progress Report 2007-2009
Cultura fonds library on the Anjou bible, surgeons and funding