Vienna Genesis

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Top left: Temptation of Joseph (550)
Top right: Lot and his family leave Sodom
Bottom left: Rebecca at the well

Vienna Genesis (c.550)

Done very differently – colouration is very different
A purple stained manuscript, with all the text above and registers of images below.
Interestingly, not the complete text, unlike the Cotton Genesis. It is abridged!
Also illustrations were regularly interspersed in the text in the Cotton Genesis – The Vienna Genesis is more of a picture book! Script written in gold / silver.
Created somewhere in the Greek speaking world.
Elements in the Vienna Genesis that are sourced from Jewish Rabbinic texts. Christian artists availed themselves of material from the Jewish tradition.

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