Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum
Sheet: 27.3 x 19 cm (10 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.); Framed: 52.4 x 39.7 cm (20 5/8 x 15 5/8 in.); Matted: 48.9 x 36.2 cm (19 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.74
This leaf originally formed the title page of a four-volume Moralia (Commentary on the Book of Job) by Gregory the Great, pope and father of the Latin Church. The books still survive in the library of the Monastery of Engelberg, near Lucerne. Both the copying and illumination of the books are attributed to the hand of Engelberg's greatest abbot, Frowin, who ruled from 1143 to 1178. Frowin seemed to be responsible, either as a writer, illuminator, or donor, for nearly 30 manuscripts still preserved at that monastery.
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