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Elevation of Solomon's Temple, one of six illustrated leaves from the Postilla Litteralis (Literal Commentary) of Nicholas of Lyra

ca. 1360–1380
Opaque watercolor, iron-gall ink and gold on vellum
16 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (41.9 x 24.8 cm) Mat: 22 × 16 in. (55.9 × 40.6 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2011
Accession Number:
Not on view
One of the most influential university texts of the Middle Ages, the Postilla litteralis provided an extended commentary on the entire Christian Bible. Its author, Nicholas of Lyra, who taught at the University of Paris, was particularly interested in architecture and included numerous diagrams of biblical structures to clarify his explanations. This image accompanies a discussion of the Temple of King Solomon.
[ Bruce Ferrini, Akron, Ohio (sold 1987)] ; Schøyen collection, Oslo, Norway ; [ Sam Fogg Ltd., London (sold 2011)]
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