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Trebizond Gospels


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Description This Gospel Book was probably made in Constantinople in the mid twelfth century and is remarkable for the fine execution and monumental quality of its full-page miniatures. The opening for the Gospel of Matthew is missing, but the other three Gospels are prefaced with a pair of miniatures each: the respective Evangelist on the left and a scene from the Gospel story on the right. The combination of St. John with the Raising of Lazarus is one found only in this manuscript. The text was copied by two scribes with distinctly different hands. One of them must have painted the ornament on fol. 175r, which contains curious animal figures.
Exhibitions
  • Byzantine Manuscript Illumination. Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin. 1957.
  • Arts of the Middle Ages. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston. 1940.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • The World as a Symbol: An Exhibit of Medieval Art. Queens College, Flushing. 1959.
  • Illuminated Greek Manuscripts from American Collections; An Exhibition in Honor of Kurt Weitzmann. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton. 1973.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Byzantine Gold: Illumination in Greek Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • The Glory of Byzantium. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1997.
  • Illuminating the Word: Gospel Books in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004.
Provenance Monastery of Saint George of Peristera near Trebizond (?); Pellikidis Collection, Trabzon, Turkey, 1924 (?) [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
mid 12th century
Medium
ink and pigments on medium quality parchment bound between squared wooden boards covered with light brown leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.531
Measurements
Overall H: 12 11/16 x W: 9 in. (32.3 x 22.8 cm); Folio H: 12 5/8 × W: 9 1/16 in. (32 × 23 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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