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LA BIBBIA nella cultura e nell’arte (The Bible in culture and art)


Fine limited-edition volume in 1,499 copies identified with Arabic numerals from 1/1499 to 1499/1499
10 copies identified by the letters A to L for representatives of institutions, authors and creators of the work

During the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, UTET Grandi Opere – in keeping with its mission as a publisher that conveys ethical values ​​and releases works that are emblematic of major events in the contemporary world – is now publishing a work of extraordinary and unique value: La Bibbia nella cultura e nell’arte (‘The Bible in culture and art’) in collaboration with the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.

The design and creation of La Bibbia nella cultura e nell’arte, was the result of great editorial effort and commitment, as well as deep reflection on the biblical text, its history and its characteristics. This gave rise to a piece of work which stands out for its novelty, uniqueness and harmonious consistency.

Novelty because the goal we set ourselves was to create a work that could use the photographic techniques we currently have available to renew the great tradition of masterpieces from the past.

Uniqueness because we have achieved what was once not possible, by selecting a corpus of images with great expressive quality and by accompanying the artwork with the passages of scripture that inspired them, along with commentaries by internationally-renowned scholars. What we are presenting is a “Bible in pictures”, a spectacular volume where passages from the scriptures – selected and contained in the book – interact with biblical depictions by great artists over the centuries. This gives rise to a new and ideal Bible Codex which, likewise, strives to bring together text and images.

The fine volume La Bibbia nella cultura e nell’arte, in large format, is accompanied by another volume in a manageable size, containing the full text of the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testament).

The work La Bibbia nella cultura e nell’arte is also harmonious. The two volumes described above are both placed on an original and elegant bookrest made of plexiglass, making it possible to alternate between two different and complementary readings: the text of the Holy Scriptures is easier to handle and can be taken with us at all times, while the “Code” of this fine book calls for greater contemplation to engage with the symbolic language of forms and colours.

To release its own volumes, UTET Grandi Opere is backed by its partnerships with some of the most prestigious Italian and international cultural institutions. In particular, for the important volume of La Bibbia nella cultura e nell’arte, we drew upon the collaboration of the distinguished Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. The volume opens with the Foreword by Monsignor Giuseppe Scotti, President of the Joseph Ratzinger Vatican Foundation. Moreover, the first copy of the work will join the collection of His Holiness the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the Joseph Ratzinger Library.

The volume in large format measuring 32.5x45 cm and containing 488 pages – in addition to the rich selection of images of works of art inspired by the Bible – includes three essays by three internationally-renown scholars: the Art Historian Monsignor Timothy Verdon, the Professor of Theology and Exegesis of the Old Testament Monsignor Waldemar Chrostowski, and Professor Baruch A. Levine, a biblical scholar and Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies at New York University. As such,eminent representatives of the Catholic world and the Jewish world are ideally juxtaposed in a sign of mutual respect.

Fine limited-edition volume in 1,499 copies
identified with Arabic numerals from 1/1499 to 1499/1499
10 copies identified by the letters A to L for representatives of institutions, authors and creators of the work

Volume measuring 32.5x45 cm in closed format with 488 pages

Foreword by Monsignor Giuseppe Scotti, President of the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation

Essays written exclusively for UTET Grandi Opere:

La Bibbia nella cultura e nella coscienza europea
by Monsignor Waldemar Chrostowski, Professor of Exegesis
of the Old Testament and Theology at the Faculty of Theology of the Academy of Warsaw

L’influenza della Bibbia ebraica sulla formazione della
cultura europea. I temi biblici dominanti
” by Professor
Baruch A. Levine
, biblical scholar and Professor Emeritus
of Jewish Studies at New York University

Verbum imago factum. L’arte e la Bibbia” by Monsignor
Timothy Verdon
, Art Historian and Director of the Museo
dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence

Anthological Section Il dialogo tra la Parola e le immagini”:
excerpts from the Old and New Testament illustrated by the
panels of the two gates (Heaven’s Gate and North Gate)
by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the baptistery of Florence.
The anthological section also contains passages that refer
to the images that accompany the iconographic essay by
Monsignor Timothy Verdon

An extensive and extraordinary selection of 300 images
altogether, which are mostly full-page and double-page

Six iconographic sections:
- Illuminated manuscripts
- The Gutenberg Bible
- The Koberger Bible (or Nuremberg)
- The engravings taken from the “Bible of Raphael”
- The “Bible in Pictures” by von Carolsfeld
- The plates for the Bible of Gustave Doré

The texts were composed in Bodoni round and italic characters
and were printed at the printworks of
Lamberto Pigini in Loreto on 150-gram pure cotton
veiled paper
made by Cartiere Magnani in Pescia

The images are printed in five colors on GardaPat 13 Khiara
paper by Cartiere del Garda at the
printing works of Lamberto Pigini in Loreto

The cover is in fine natural leather dyed in a vat

The sewing and the binding were performed by handat the Arte del Libro bookbinding in Todi

The book cover bears the reproduction
of the painting “Adam and Eve” by Lucas Cranach the Elder
made by hand at the printing press
using the litho screen-printing method on a metal plate measuring 30x26 cm
at the Luigi Berardinelli printworks in Verona

Each copy of the fine volume of La Bibbia nella
cultura e nell’arte bears the copy number
corresponding to the colophon and the signature of the President
of UTET Grandi Opere

The important volume of La Bibbia nella cultura e nell’arte
is accompanied by a volume containing the full text

of the Catholic Bible (version CEI - Conferenza
Episcopale Italiana) made in collaboration with
Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

The volume measures 14x20.5 cm, with 1,300 pages, and an elegant
covered in natural leather dyed in a vat, embellished with 17 images taken from the 1852-60 edition of the Holy Bible illustrated by Julius Schnor von Carolsfeld

Elegant plexiglass bookrest designed specifically for
the volume by Officina Creativa Giromari in Bellocchi in Fano

The first copy of the work will be placed in the Library Biblioteca
Romana Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI

LA BIBBIA nella cultura e nell’arte (The Bible in culture and art)