Decorated Text Page

Object Details

Title:

Decorated Text Page

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Byzantine

Place:

Nicomedia (or) Turkey Nicaea Turkey (Place created)

Date:

early 13th century

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 20.6 x 14.9 cm (8 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Facing a portrait of Saint Luke across a double-page spread, the decorated incipit page heralds the opening of his Gospel. Within a simple square frame, the artist enclosed a pattern of five-part leaves within circles outlined in alternating colors. Although the pattern of the design appears to be quite regular, no two leaves are exactly alike and their slight differences enliven the design. The leaves sprouting at the corners of the square frame are similarly varied in size and shape.

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