Quantcast

Back to Selected Artworks

Codex Sinopensis

Date:
550–600
Geography:
Made in Syria, Byzantine Palestine, Constantinople (?)
Medium:
Gold ink on parchment; 1 bifolium
Dimensions:
Bifolium: 19 11/16 x 22 1/4 in. (50 x 56.5 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts
Credit Line:
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (suppl. grec 1286), folios 13, 16
  • Description

    This sumptuous bifolium from a luxurious Gospel of Matthew, dyed in purple and illuminated in gold and silver Greek uncial script, reveals the highest level of Byzantine book production. The later appearance of similarly embellished Qur’ans, seen in the exhibition’s final gallery, indicates that these standards transcended religious distinctions.

476974

Close