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Description This author portrait once preceded the Lenten readings (mostly taken from the Gospel of Mark) in a Gospel lectionary now in Athens, National Library of Greece MS 2552. The Evangelist has momentarily paused writing and raises a hand to his chin in a conventional gesture signifying thought. On the desk in front of him lie a pair of compasses, used for ruling the parchment pages before writing on them, and an inkwell.
  • Byzantine Manuscript Illumination. Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin. 1957.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • From Icon to Image: Byzantine Influence on Pre-Renaissance Art in the East and West. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford. 1961-1962.
  • The Hebrew Bible in Christian, Jewish & Muslim Art. The Jewish Museum, New York. 1963.
  • Pages from Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from the 10th to the Early 15th Centuries. University Art Gallery, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley. 1963.
  • 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.
  • The Book and the Author: Portraits of the Evangelists in Eastern and Western Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1990-1991.
  • The Glory of Byzantium. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1997.
  • Eureka! The Archimedes Palimpsest. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; The Field Museum, Chicago. 1999-2000.
  • Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2004.
  • Illuminating the Word: Gospel Books in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004.
  • Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2011-2012.
Provenance Serres, St. John Prodromos Monastery [MS A3]; Léon Gruel, Paris [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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early 11th century
ink and pigments on medium weight parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 10 5/8 × W: 7 1/2 in. (27 × 19 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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