Only today: Christmas display at the Bodleian

3 December 2009

Christmas displayIn a special one-day event to mark Christmas, the Bodleian Library is putting some of its medieval treasures on display.

As part of its annual festive tradition of displaying some of its collections, the Bodleian Library is opening its doors to the public on Thursday, 3 December for a one-day event.

The exhibition includes a display of fine manuscripts of the 12th and 15th centuries, free admission for the day to the Divinity School, and special offers at the Library’s gift shop. 

This year, the manuscripts on display feature Christmas scenes depicting Mary and her baby. They are of different European origins: French, Flemish, Polish and English.

They include Epiphany for all ages, from a mid-15th century Flemish Book of Hours manuscript with Latin prayers, and Another Epiphany, from a French Book of Hours made at Besançon around 1470 AD.

Flight into Egypt, from a French Book of Hours made at Rouen around 1480 will also be on display, as well as Adoration of the Magi and Flight into Egypt, two miniatures belonging in a set of Scenes from the Life of Christ at the start of a Psalter made in England in the 12th century. Virgin and Child, a scene from a practical manual of crystal magic depicting the young crown prince of Poland, Vladislas II, dates from the 15th century. 

These illustrations are also featured on a selection of Christmas cards and note-cards available in the Bodleian Shop.

The display will be open from 9.30am to 6.00pm.

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