Case Five

Lithography, invented in 1798, provided a new medium for book illustration, and proved very suitable for color work.

With the advent of color printing, Bibles began to be illustrated with famous classical paintings by such luminaries as Rembrandt, El Greco, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bruegel, and Titian. Thus the public was able to see great art employed for religious purposes, even if many of them were no more historically accurate than the old wood-block prints.

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Colorful illustration
Bible, Confraternity/Douai Version
New York, Abradale Press, 1965
Colorful illustration
Bible, Great Masters Edition
New York, Greystone Press, 1952
Colorful illustration
Red Letter Edition Bible
Wichita, Heirloom Bible Publishers, 1964

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