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JAPANThis nation with an ancient history has played a far more pivotal role in world events than its small size would seem to warrant. Through a succession of kings, the country saw its culture develop and thrive from the 3rd century on. By 1603, the region was controlled by Tokugawa Ieyasu who established his government in Edo (later Tokyo).
Via a subterranean masonry, an ancient Roman water conduit brought Augusta Raurica water from the River Ergolz. Just outside the town wall the conduit merged into an aqueduct, which in turn funneled...
The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired the Abbey Bible, a 13th-century Italian book that is considered to be an important example of Gothic era illuminated manuscripts. The medieval Bible is named for a previous owner, who was a celebrated collector of Italian manuscripts.Produced for the use of a Dominican monastery, the Abbey Bible is one of the earliest and finest in a distinguished group of north Italian Bibles from the second half of the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, most of which have come to be associated with Bologna, one of the major centers for the production of Gothic illuminated Bibles.