Discover the oldest illustrated manuscript in Dutch

KBR preserves the oldest illustrated manuscript in Dutch, Jacob van Maerlant’s “Rijmbijbel”. Because of its famous author, luxurious character and artistic level of illumination, this 13th-century codex is among the international masterpieces of the Middle Ages.

On the occasion of the publication of the book De Rijmbijbel van Jacob van Maerlant: Het oudste geïllustreerde handschrift in het Nederlands (The “Rijmbijbel” of Jacob van Maerlant: The oldest illustrated manuscript in Dutch), the manuscript is put in the spotlight at the KBR museum. The focus of the new selection of manuscripts, books and prints on display is on the work of Jacob van Maerlant and on biblical books, stories and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The Maerlant manuscript will have the exceptional company of the “Rijmbijbel” from Huis van het Boek and the “Spiegel historiael”‘ from the KB, National Library of the Netherlands, at the KBR museum. A unique opportunity to discover these illuminated Middle Dutch masterpieces together!

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