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Decorated Text Page

Object Details

Title:

Decorated Text Page

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Byzantine

Place:

Constantinople, Turkey (Place Created)

Date:

late 13th century

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold ink, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. 65, fol. 104

Dimensions:

Leaf: 21 × 14.9 cm (8 1/4 × 5 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

A decorative headpiece frames an inscription identifying the following text as the Gospel of Saint Mark. The anonymous scribe wrote the Greek heading in a stylized display script, employing monograms and abbreviations that are visually pleasing but a bit difficult to decipher. Indeed, a reader of the manuscript transcribed the text in the upper margin in a more easily legible script. Following the large letter alpha, the scribe used a minuscule script for the Gospel text.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Illuminating Color (May 22 to August 26, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 22 to August 26, 2001
Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261 - 1557) (March 15 to July 5, 2004)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), March 15 to July 5, 2004
Byzantium and the West (September 14 to December 5, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 14 to December 5, 2004
The Gospels in Medieval Manuscript Illumination (October 31, 2006 to January 7, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 31, 2006 to January 7, 2007
Rare Finds: Ten Years of Collecting Manuscripts (February 12 to April 20, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 12 to April 20, 2008
"In the Beginning was the Word": Medieval Gospel Illumination (August 30 to November 27, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 30 to November 27, 2011