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Two Leaves from a Gospel Book

Object Details


Two Leaves from a Gospel Book






Canterbury (?), England (Place Created)


about 1000


Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. 9 (85.MS.79)


Leaf: 31.3 × 18.1 cm (12 5/16 × 7 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

These two leaves with full-page miniatures are the only surviving fragments of a Gospel book made around the year 1000 in England. The three illuminations on the two leaves show rarely illustrated episodes from the miracles and ministry of Jesus as told by the Evangelist Matthew. The style of the miniatures suggests that the manuscript was made at the scriptorium of one of the monasteries at Canterbury, which was one of the largest and most important sites of manuscript production in late Anglo-Saxon England. The artist used a frenetic linear style, characteristic of late Anglo-Saxon manuscript painting, to establish the lively tone of his visual narratives.

English Illuminated Manuscripts, 700-1500 (September 29 to November 10, 1973) (fols. not known)
  • Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (Brussels), September 29 to November 10, 1973
A Thousand Years of the Bible: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (January 15 to March 31, 1991) (leaf 2, recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 15 to March 31, 1991

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