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Rationarum Evangelistarum
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Rationarum Evangelistarum

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Description This cryptic image may appear bizarre, but it was an effective mnemonic, or memory, device. Intended to help one remember the Gospel of Luke, his symbol, the ox, presents imagery representing key moments in each chapter. This complex image can be decoded using the facing text, for each number has a textual counterpart that provides clues. For instance, the "11" in the image labels a devil, meant to help the reader remember Christ casting out devils in that chapter.
  • Prayers in Code: Books of Hours from Renaissance France. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1894 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1894

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1502 (Renaissance)
woodcut print on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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  • Pforzheim, Germany (Place of Origin)
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