Saint Mark

Object Details

Title:

Saint Mark

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

German

Place:

Helmarshausen, Germany, Europe (Place created)

Date:

about 1120 - 1140

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold, and silver on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 22.9 × 16.5 cm (9 × 6 1/2 in.)

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A portrait of Saint Mark heralds the opening of his Gospel. The anonymous illuminator portrayed the evangelist as a scribe dipping his quill into a pot of ink as he sits before a lectern. The words from Mark's Gospel inscribed on the book's page refer to Saint John the Baptist: Vox clamantis in deserto parate viam d[omi]ni (A voice of one crying in the desert: prepare the way of the Lord). At the top of the page, the heading in gold and silver leaf identifies the following text as Mark's Gospel:Iniciu(m) s(an)c(t)i evangelii s(e)c(un)d(u)m Marcu(m) [The beginning of the holy Gospel according to Mark].

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