Canon Table Page

Object Details

Title:

Canon Table Page

Artist/Maker(s):

T'oros Roslin (Armenian, active 1256 - 1268)

T'oros Roslin (Armenian, active 1256 - 1268)

Culture:

Armenian

Date:

1256

Medium:

Tempera and gold paint on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 26.5 x 19 cm (10 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Two elegant birds with their wings spread seem to have just caught the fish wriggling in their mouths. They stand atop a canon table that assembles passages from all four Gospels recounting the same event. Although the lively birds, elaborate decorative panels, candlesticks, trees, and figure-topped columns do not relate to the subject matter of the Gospels, they provide a welcome diversion for the eye in what would otherwise be an undifferentiated page full of information.

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