Sep 23, 2013

Leaf from a Greek Psalter and New Testament

Leaf from a Greek Psalter and New Testament


Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 16.3 x 10.9 cm (6 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.); Framed: 44.5 x 34.3 cm (17 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 30.5 cm (16 x 12 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1950.154


Did you know?

Imported illuminated manuscripts were important in spreading the Byzantine style throughout Western Europe.


Covering half the page of this leaf is a miniature representing the Apostle Peter. Below are 13 lines of Greek text introduced by the Greek letter pi which is created by figures of Christ and Saint Peter. The leaf comes from a combined psalter (book of sacred songs) and the New Testament. In its design, it shows close parallels with examples that were created in Constantinople workshops.

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