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Acts and Epistles of the Apostles with Liturgical Readings

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Description This manuscript is one of the relatively few illustrated Byzantine copies of the Acts and Epistles of the Apostles. It consists of three parts produced at different dates. The New Testament text with its accompanying prefatory material (known as Euthalian apparatus, after the name of its supposed compiler Euthalius) was copied in the early twelfth century. Then, lists of readings were added at two stages in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to facilitate their use in church. Some of the Epistles have lost the miniature that once marked their beginning. A couple of lost leaves were replaced in the sixteenth century.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Byzantine Gold: Illumination in Greek Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
Provenance Iviron Monastery, Mount Athos, Greece [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [no. 24, seen there by S. Lampros, and by C. R. Gregory on March 17, 1902]; 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 12th century, with 14th and 15th century additions
ink and pigments on medium to heavy weight parchment bound between thin rounded wooden boards covered with blind-stamped polished calf leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 9 1/8 × W: 6 9/16 in. (23.2 × 16.6 cm)
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