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Gospel Book


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Description Even though this volume contains the continuous text of the four Gospels, it is written in two columns, like a Gospel lectionary (e.g., W.520 and W.535). The leaves with Evangelist portraits are dyed red, in imitation of the very expensive purple-dyed parchment occasionally used in the fifth through ninth centuries. The style of the script, ornament, and images is a bit unusual, which makes it unclear whether the book was produced in the capital, Constantinople, or in some other part of the Byzantine Empire. A somewhat similar manuscript (Bucharest, Library of the Romanian Academy, Greek 1175) is now available in digitized form at www.e-corpus.org/fre/notices/141347-Tetraevangile.html. Unfortunately W.529 is too fragile to be fully digitized at this time, therefore only the binding has been imaged.
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Byzantine Gold: Illumination in Greek Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
  • Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2011-2012.
  • Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes (Traveling Exhibition). The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino. 2014.
Provenance Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem,1522 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Metochion of the Holy Sepulchre, Constantinople [no. 520/275, seen there by E. Ioannidis, 1864, by C. R. Gregory, September 6, 1886, and by A. Papadopoulos-Kerameus, 1891]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase [date of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
mid 11th century
Medium
ink and pigments on medium-weight parchment bound between squared wooden boards covered with olive brown velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.529
Measurements
Folio H: 9 13/16 × W; 7 1/2 in. (25 × 19 cm)
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Not On View

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