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The Book of Ruth: Medieval to Modern

Morgan Library & Museum, New York

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The Joanna S. Rose Illuminated Book of Ruth, a 21st-century edition of the biblical text designed by artist Barbara Wolff and donated to the Morgan in 2018, is at the centre of this display, which also gathers 12 medieval manuscripts found in the museum’s collection. Among the richly illuminated volumes whose depictions of Ruth’s story are on display is the famous Crusader Bible from the mid 13th century. Find out more from the Morgan’s website.

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Ruth Threshing and Bringing Grain to Naomi; Naomi Counseling Ruth; Workers Threshing Grain; Ruth Lays at the Feet of Boaz in "Crusader Bible" (c. 1250).

Page from the Crusader Bible, showing scenes from the Book of Ruth (c. 1250). Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Photo: Janny Chiu, 2018

Boaz Asks Ruth’s Identity; Ruth Gleaning; Ruth Dines with Boaz; Workers Stacking the Crop of Boaz in "Crusader Bible" (c. 1250).

Page from the Crusader Bible, showing scenes from the Book of Ruth (c. 1250). Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Photo: Janny Chiu, 2018

Boaz Asks Ruth’s Identity (c. 1265).

Detail from a page of a Latin Bible (Boaz asking Ruth’s identity) (c. 1265), England, perhaps Oxford. Morgan Library & Museum, Oxford. Photography by Janny Chiu, 2018.

The Wing of God in "The Joanna S. Rose Illuminated Book of Ruth" (2015-17).

The Wing of God in the Joanna S. Rose Illuminated Book of Ruth (2015–17), written by Izzy Pludwinski; designed and illuminated by Barbara Wolff. Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Photo: Rudi Wolff; © Barbara Wolff