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Leaf from a Gospel Book with Four Standing Evangelists

Date:
1290–1330
Geography:
Made in Lake Van region, Vaspurakan (now eastern Turkey)
Culture:
Armenian
Medium:
Tempera and ink on parchment
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 x 13 3/16 in. (22.8 x 33.5 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. J.C. Burnett, 1957
Accession Number:
57.185.3
Not on view
Displaying the authors of the four Gospels standing in a row at the beginning of a Gospel book is an early Christian tradition that continued to be used in some areas of Armenia into the medieval period. The elaborately patterned, colorful garments of the evangelists may reflect contemporary Armenian clerical dress.
J. C. Burnett(until 1957)
Taylor, Alice. "Vaspurakan Manuscript Illumination and Eleventh-Century Sources." In Medieval Armenian Culture: Proceedings of the Third Dr. H. Markarian Conference on Armenian Culture, edited by Thomas J. Samuelian, and Michael E. Stone. Chico, Calif.: Scholars Press, 1982. pp. 306-311, fig. 1-2.

Auchincloss, Louis. J.P. Morgan: The Financier as Collector. New York: H. N. Abrams, 1990. p. 26.

Taylor, Alice. "Armenian Illumination under Georgian, Turkish and Mongol Rule: the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries." In Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts, edited by Roger S. Wieck, and Prof. Thomas Mathews. New York: Morgan Library & Museum, 1994. no. 52, pp. 84-103,184-85, fig. 61, pl. 18.



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