biblia pauperum

Biblia Pauperum, Latin for “Paupers’ Bible”, refers to the decorative and iconographic equipment of a church. In particular, all the paintings, frescoes, mosaics and other decorative cycles illustrating stories from the Old and New Testaments. The term Biblia Pauperum came into use in the Middle Ages to refer to images with scenes from the life of Christ. The role of images in the Middle Ages was very important, as they played a didactic role for the lower classes, who did not have access to education.