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Gospel Book

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Description This manuscript is of interest for the history of Greek handwriting because it presents a remarkably early example of a less formal, cursive script used for copying books (rather than just documents). The miniature at the beginning of the volume dates from ca. 1150 and must have been added as late as 1920-1930 in order to raise the book's selling price. It is rather damaged but reveals the preliminary drawing which guided the painter at the final stages of his work.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Leon Gruel, Paris, late 19th - early 20th century [date and mode oac acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, MD, before 1931 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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10th century
ink and pigments on high quality parchment, light, smooth, and remarkably thin covered with Early twentieth-century (probably Leon Gruel); tooled leather over squared wooden board; five brass bosses on each cover; slightly raised endbands; pastedowns are fragments from Chicago, University of Chicago Library MS 138, fourteenth century
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Folio H: 8 9/16 × W: 6 1/8 in. (21.8 × 15.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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