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Gospel Lectionary


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description This is an example of a Gospel Lectionary written in the archaic, majuscule form of Greek letters. Liturgical books were inherently conservative and therefore commonly retained such antiquated writing. The scribe, a certain monk Theodore, has recorded his name in a verse at the end of the volume (fol. 179v). A leaf removed from this manuscript ca. 1900 is now in Sofia, National Library of Republic of Bulgaria NBKM Gr. 2.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/23/1986Treatmentstabilized; repaired
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Byzantine Gold: Illumination in Greek Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • Medieval Writing and Calligraphy. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993-1994.
Provenance Church of St. Nicholas Gropnicki or the Virgin Gropnicka in Ohrid, Macedonia [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Library of the Metropolitan Church of St. Clement, Ohrid, no. 49 [seen there by F. I. Uspenskii in 1898, church no longer extant]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters before 1931

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Period
19th-20th century (Byzantine)
Medium
ink and pigments on stiff, badly cockled between Byzantine (?) squared wooden boards covered with red velvet ca. 1920-1930; flat spine; raised endbands; pastedowns and flyleaf of unwatermarked paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.520
Measurements
H: 11 13/16 x W: 9 1/16 in. (30 x 23 cm)
Geographies
  • Byzantine Empire (Place of Origin)
  • Asia Minor (Place of Binding)
  • France, Paris (Place of Binding)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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