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Description This volume is primarily remarkable for its excellently preserved early (but not original) binding, as well as the peculiar style of its miniatures. The manuscript opens with an unusual, icon-like prefatory image of the Virgin and Child, possibly added at an early stage for use in private devotion, and is followed by Evangelist portraits facing ornate headpieces. These illuminations are important examples of non-Constantinopolitan Byzantine art.
Date Description Narrative
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • The History of Bookbinding 525-1950 A.D.. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1957-1958.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Eureka! The Archimedes Palimpsest. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; The Field Museum, Chicago. 1999-2000.
  • The Early History of the Bible: Transmission of Sacred Scripture from Ancient Times to the Age of Painting. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005.
  • The Early History of the Bible. Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix. 2007-2008.
Provenance Sophia Negroponte, Chios [seen in Negroponte library by A. Papadopoulos-Kerameus in 1885]; Russian Skete of St. Andrew Karies, Mt. Athos, 1900 [no. 754; seen there by C.R. Gregory on March 26, 1902]; Thomas Whittemore, England, [date and 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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late 13th century
ink and pigments on medium-weight parchment bound between wooden boards covered with tooled dark read goatskin
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Overall H: 6 11/16 x W: 4 7/16 x D: 6 3/8 in. (17 x 11.2 x 16.2 cm); Folio H: 6 5/8 × W: 4 5/16 in. (16.8 × 11 cm)
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