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Leaf from a Gospel Book: Jesus Christ with John the Evangelist
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Leaf from a Gospel Book: Jesus Christ with John the Evangelist


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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. Here, a large roundel contains Christ in a pose of blessing, while below the small portrait of John the Evangelist is embedded into the opening initial of his Gospel text.
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • 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 Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
late 11th century
Medium
ink and paint on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.522.231R
Measurements
Folio H: 3 7/8 × W: 2 5/8 in. (9.9 × 6.7 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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