Plaque with Christ in Majesty and the Four Evangelists
Made in Cologne, Germany
Tempera, ink, and metal leaf on parchment; leather, leather binding with ivory
Overall: 14 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (36.2 x 26.7 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The evangelists write their Gospels here with the aid of their characteristic symbols. An ox literally open’s Luke’s eyes to receive divine inspiration, while Mark’s lion seems to be speaking to the author. This plaque, which probably was affixed to the cover of an Ottonian Gospel book, now decorates the cover of a late fifteenth-century Gospel lectionary.
Inscription: Located beneath frontispiece, undeciphered.
Fürstliche Stolbergsche Bibliothek, Wernigerode, Germany ; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (until 1941)
Gregory, Caspar René. Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. Vol. 2. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs, 1902. no. 2322, p. 727.
Seventh Loan Exhibition: French Gothic Art of the Thirteenth to Fifteenth Century. Detroit: The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1928. no. 21.
Ricci, Seymour de. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 2. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1937. p. 1667.