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Inventing “America” for Europe: Theodore de Bry
Inventing “America” for Europe: Theodore de Bry

De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.

Bible moralisée (moralized bibles)
Bible moralisée (moralized bibles)

A luxury reserved for royals, moralized bibles paired image and text. Their commentary compared 13th-century bad guys to biblical villains.

The Golden Haggadah
The Golden Haggadah

No splashes of wine stain this luxurious book! Its 56 miniatures illustrate the story of Passover.

The Lindisfarne Gospels
The Lindisfarne Gospels

The “cross-carpet” pages of this early 8th-century manuscript weave together birds, knots, spirals—and the Cross.