Launch of Online Exhibition – Jubilee 800
Cambridge University Library is hosting an online exhibition revealing 800 years of Dominican books: Pipeline from Heaven.
The exhibition is the result of a fruitful collaboration* between academics and the Dominican friars at Blackfriars priory in Cambridge. It offers a dazzling array of images accompanied by fascinating commentary, exploring everything from medieval illuminations to modern woodcuts, and much more.
Since their beginnings in the 13th Century, Dominicans have created a rich heritage of books to support their life and mission: illustrated biblical texts and commentaries; liturgical books; theological treatises; manuals for confessors; sermon collections; and histories of the New World which champion the rights of indigenous peoples. The works display a diversity of illustrations from medieval miniatures, to 17th-Century engravings, to woodcuts made by Eric Gill and his circle of Lay Dominicans at Ditchling.
* The exhibition is curated by Professor Nigel Morgan and Fr Richard Finn OP, and based on books and manuscripts held by the Cambridge University Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the Cambridge colleges.