This is a fascinating look at one of the world's most important and renowned 12th-century manuscripts.
The St. Albans Psalter is one of the most important, famous, and puzzling books produced in 12th-century England.
It was probably created between 1120 and 1140 at St.
Albans Abbey. The manuscript's powerfully drawn figures and saturated colours are distinct from those in previous Anglo-Saxon painting and signal the arrival of the Romanesque style of illumination in England.
Although most 12th-century prayer books were not illustrated, the St.
Albans Psalter includes more than 40 full-page illuminations and over 200 historiated initials.
Decorated with gold and precious colours, the psalter offers a display unparalleled by any other English manuscript to survive from the time.
In 2012, scholars conservators, and scientists at the J.
Paul Getty Musesum conducted a close examination of the Psalter, gathering new evidence challenging several prevailing assumptions about this richly illustrated manuscript.