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Leaf from the Freising Gospels: Portrait of the Evangelist Matthew
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Leaf from the Freising Gospels: Portrait of the Evangelist Matthew


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Description The Evangelist Matthew is seated on a cushioned bench, his pen poised to write in a book supported by an elaborate animal-shaped lectern. He looks for inspiration to his symbol, the winged man. Matthew's drapery, which is drawn from the tradition of classical author portraits, cascades around him, lending the figure a sense of nervous energy as he prepares to write, an energy that is echoed in the tumultuous red and orange clouds behind him. This is a late example of the artistic style developed at the Carolingian school of Reims in the 830s and 840s.
Exhibitions
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • The Book and the Author: Portraits of the Evangelists in Eastern and Western Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1990-1991.
Provenance Freising, Germany, ca. 865-875. Unknown owner, Germany, 19th century. Leon Gruel and Robert Engelmann, Paris, late 19th-early 20th century [1]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, February 19 1917; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] no.78
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
2nd half 9th century (Medieval)
Medium
ink and paint on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.4.33V
Measurements
H: 6 7/8 x W: 4 13/16 in. (17.5 x 12.2 cm)
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Not On View

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