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Gospels with Acts of the Apostles and Epistles

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Description This small, densely written volume of the New Testament was evidently made for personal reading. It represents high-level manuscript production in the first decades of the late Byzantine period. ca. 1300. By 1628, it is known to have been in the Chilandari Monastery, or one of its dependencies, on Mount Athos.
Date Description Narrative
6/23/1986Treatmentstabilized; repaired
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Byzantine Gold: Illumination in Greek Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • The Book and the Author: Portraits of the Evangelists in Eastern and Western Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1990-1991.
  • Bookish Business: Henry Walters and Leon Gruel. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993.
Provenance Chilandari Monastery (or one of its dependencies), Mount Athos, ca. 1628; Léon Gruel, Paris (Gruel no. 1482) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase [date of acquisition unknown], Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1300 (late Byzantine)
ink and pigments on medium-weight, cream-colored parchment covered with brown morocco leather with gilt silver studs along the edges, small gilt silver corner bosses of cherubim, blind-stamped symbols of the Evangelists in neo-Gothic style on both covers, two gilt silver clasps
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Folio H: 6 1/2 x W: 4 1/2 in. (16.5 x 11.5 cm)
  • France, Paris (Place of Binding)
  • Byzantium (Place of Binding)
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