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Biblical Scenes from the Old and New Testaments

Suitable for: Adults

This collection depicts incidents from both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament images are taken from the Bible Tapestry, Middle Rhine 1550 housed at the Burrell Collection. New Testament illustrations of the life of Christ are taken from the cycle of Giotto frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua.

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The overall impression of the tapestry is one of colour and liveliness, because some of the most dramatic episodes of the Old Testament have been selected for portrayal. The stories are related in a series of five horizontal strips on the tapestry. These are often irregular in line as one dramatic incident demands more space than another and may overlap into the next strip. This creates a delightful higgledy-piggledy effect of puppet-like figures, all beautifully defined, enacting each scene. The tapestry is dotted with banners in Gothic script naming each character as we progress through the Old Testament stories. Incidentally the Biblical characters, after the story of Cain and Abel, wear a type of mediaeval clothing.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Old Testament – Creation of the World
Creation of Eve from Adam’s Rib
The Temptation of Adam and Eve – Illustrations from the Bible Tapestry, Middle Rhine 1550 at the Burrell Collection
The Old Testament – Methuselah, Noah’s Ark and Noah
Tower of Babel, Lot leaving Sodom with his daughters, Burning City of Sodom, Balaam on donkey with angel – Illustrations from the Bible Tapestry, Middle Rhine 1550 at the Burrell Collection
The Old Testament – Moses striking a rock, Mighty Samson in Gaza, David and Goliath – Illustrations from the Bible Tapestry, Middle Rhine 1550 at the Burrell Collection
The Old Testament – David and Bathsheba, Death of Absolom
Jonah and the Whale, Apocrypha-Suzannah and the Elders
Judith luring Holofernes – Illustrations from the Bible Tapestry, Middle Rhine 1550 at the Burrell Collection
The Old Testament – Daniel – Illustrations from the Bible Tapestry
The New Testament – Frescoes from the Giotto Cycle at the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua
The Adoration of the Magi
The Flight to Egypt
The Entry into Jerusalem
The Last Supper
The Kiss of Judas and Detail

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