Description Originally paired with an image of the Crucifixion, this plaque was once attached to the binding of a Gospel book or a missal. When the book was read aloud during the liturgy, its enameled covers would have reminded the faithful of Christ's earthly suffering and heavenly glory. The son of God sits upon a rainbow, surrounded by four creatures that symbolize the Evangelists. The Greek letters alpha and omega that flank Jesus' head refer to his words: "See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." (Revelation 22:12-13).
- Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2001-2002.
- Illuminating the Word: Gospel Books in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004.
- Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2002-2005.
- Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Museum of Biblical Art, New York; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. 2008-2009.
- Visions of the End. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Knoxville. 2020.
Provenance Raoul Heilbronner, Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910
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