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Picture Book Romance

A visit with Anne Rudloff Stanton, Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology

By Jessica Huang
Published: - Topics: art history queen marginalia psalms Old Testament

Big Stories Made Small

Topics: art history Moses

One of the stories in the margins of Queen Isabella’s book of psalms is an unknown side-tale about Moses. Before he wedded Zipporah and performed the acts for which he is now famous, Moses had married the daughter of the king of Ethiopia. The story that plays out in the tiny marginal images is both tragic and romantic. “I see these as being specifically aimed at a young, actually an adolescent female viewer to keep her turning the pages,” Stanton says.