Winchester Bible on display at the Met

The Winchester Bible is "magnificent, lavishly ornamented - a pivotal landmark of medieval art from around 1200," and pages from it will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until March 8, 2015. (photos)

The winchester Bible is believed to have been "commissioned around 1155-60 by the wealthy and powerful Henry of Blois (1129-1171), who was the Bishop of Winchester and grandson of William the Conqueror and King Stephen's brother." This exhibition is the first time the bible has been shown in the United States.

The exhibition, The Winchester Bible: A Masterpiece of Medieval Art, includes a companion book and a gallery on the museum's website.