Results 1 571
253 Previous Next

Gospel Book

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description This Gospel book was likely created in the capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople, in the eleventh century. The manuscript is remarkable on account of its exceptionally small size, as well as the high quality of its script and miniatures. Its extensive image cycle includes six full-page miniatures, four half-page miniatures, four historiated initials, and marginalia.
Date Description Narrative
4/08/1986Examinationexamined for condition
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Illuminated Greek Manuscripts from American Collections; An Exhibition in Honor of Kurt Weitzmann. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton. 1973.
  • Byzantine Gold: Illumination in Greek Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • Illuminating the Word: Gospel Books in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004.
  • Shrunken Treasures: Miniaturization in Books and Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

Download PDF Add to Collection Creative Commons License

late 11th century
ink and pigments on lightweight, smooth, high quality parchment bound between wooden boards covered with green velvet with a bronze clasp
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Overall H: 4 3/16 x W: 3 7/16 x D: 2 1/16 in. (10.7 x 8.7 x 5.2 cm); Folio H: 3 7/8 × W: 2 5/8 in. (9.9 × 6.7 cm)
  • Constantinople (Place of Origin)
  • Byzantium (Place of Binding)
  • France, Paris (Place of Binding)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


    Thumbnail: Gospel Book
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Gospel Book