King Saint Louis IX was an influential patron of the arts who most likely ordered the production of the Morgan Bible, a masterpiece of medieval painting. He ruled during the so-called “golden century of Saint Louis,” when the kingdom of France was politically and economically at its height in Europe. At this time, France had the largest army, the most wealth, and La Sorbonne, the most important cultural and intellectual center of Europe. Beyond this, Saint Louis was seen as the perfect Christian prince, benevolent and fair, so much that he was often asked to mediate disputes between other rulers. Saint Louis conducted two crusades, which contributed to his prestige despite their lack of success.
Year Completed: 2000
Owner: St. Louis University