Exhibitions/ Art Object

Guntbald Gospels

German (Hildesheim)
Opaque paint and gold on parchment
Overall: 11 7/16 x 9 1/4 in. (29 x 23.5 cm) Overall (Footprint Dimensions): 11 7/16 x 18 1/8 in. (29 x 46 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Dom-Museum Hildesheim (DS 33)
Not on view
This manuscript contains a full-page image of Christ in Majesty—the enthroned God encircled by symbols of the Evangelists—and colorful Evangelist portraits introducing each book of the Gospels. At the end of the book, its scribe, Guntbald, writes that he produced it in 1011, during Bernward’s episcopate. Also attributed to Guntbald are a pericope book, a psalter, and the Guntbald Sacramentary (nearby), suggesting that Bernward commissioned him to produce the four books necessary to celebrate Mass.
St. Michael's Monastery, Hildesheim (since 1011); Cathedral Treasury, Hildesheim (19th century); Dom-Museum Hildesheim Documentation: Victor Heinrich Elbern, Der Hildesheimer Domschatz (Hildesheim: Lax, 1969), no. 33; Michael Brandt and Arne Eggebrecht, eds., Bernward von Hildesheim und das Zeitalter der Ottonen: Katalog der Ausstellung, Hildesheim 1993 (Hildesheim: Bernward Verlag/Mainz: Ph. v. Zabern, 1993), vol. 2, pp. 562-564.