02/14/2013 03:35 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

82nd & Fifth: THE GEEKY SIDE by Melanie Holcomb

Curator Melanie Holcomb argues that this medieval textbook--a commentary on the Bible--is a work of art that beats any modern-day equivalent. "It's as much about the power of images as anything I know," she says.

The illustrations on these leaves from the Postilla Litteralis (Literal Commentary) of Nicholas of Lyra are based on Bible passages. View the five images and read the passages that inspired them.