The Anjou Bible - Exhibition and Colloquium

The makers of
Rogier van der Weyden 1400 | 1464 - Master of Passions present
The Anjou Bible - Naples 1340 – a royal manuscript revealed
17 | 09 | 2010 » 05 | 12 | 2010
M Leuven

After the extremely successful exhibition Rogier van der Weyden 1400|1464 – Master of Passions (2009), Illuminare – the Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (K.U.Leuven) – and M Leuven are again joining forces.
The Anjou Bible - Naples 1340 – a royal manuscript revealed presents the superbly illuminated pages of a little-known manuscript created at the unruly Royal Court of Naples in the turbulent fourteenth century.

The fourteenth-century Anjou Bible, was created at the court of Robert I of Anjou, King of Naples. After peregrinations in royal circles, in 1509 the book ended up on Brabantine soil. During the course of the next 500 years, this unique manuscript fell into oblivion. Until 2008. On March 10th the bible was officially recognized by the Flemish Community as 'a Masterpiece' and that year a major project was launched which involved researching and conserving the book and making it accessible to the public.

The Anjou Bible - Naples 1340 – a royal manuscript revealed comprises over a hundred sublime miniatures which are being shown to the general public for the first but also for the last time. The precious parchment folios of the Bible have been carefully taken apart to give the public the chance to admire them ‘in the flesh’. Once the exhibition is over, this fragile gem will be irrevocably re-bound and returned for safekeeping to the strongroom at the Maurits Sabbe Library of the Theology Faculty (K.U.Leuven). After that it will only be possible to view the bible online.


Location + Information
M Leuven
Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28
B-3000 Leuven
+32 16 27 29 29

From September 17th to December 5th 2010

Opening times
Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.00 to18.00 hrs.
Thursdays from 11.00 to 22.00 hrs.
Educational groups with a reservation are welcome from 9.00 hrs.
Closed on Mondays and on November 1st