Exhibitions/ Art Object

Hezilo Gospels

German (Hildesheim ?)
Opaque paint, gold, and silver on parchment
Overall: 12 x 9 1/4 in. (30.5 x 23.5 cm) Overall (Footprint Dimensions): 11 13/16 x 18 1/8 in. (30 x 46 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Dom-Museum Hildesheim (DS 34)
Not on view
Each of the four books of the Hezilo Gospels is introduced by a colorful, full-page portrait of the Evangelist immersed in writing it. Above each figure is his respective symbol encircled by excerpts from the Carmen Paschale, a poem about the Bible written in the fifth century. Although the gospel book was traditionally linked to Hezilo, bishop of Hildesheim in 1054–79, it likely dates to the time of Bishop Bernward (r. 993–1022).
Cathdral Treasury, Hildesheim (second quarter 11th century); Dom-Museum, Hildesheim Documentation: Victor Heinrich Elbern, Der Hildesheimer Domschatz (Hildesheim: Lax, 1969), no. 34; 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. 512-514.