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Plaque with Christ in Majesty and the Four Evangelists

Date:
1000–1100
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
Ottonian
Medium:
Tempera, ink, and metal leaf on parchment; leather, leather binding with ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (36.2 x 26.7 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.168
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
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.
Carl Wilhelm Zeisberg, Wernigerod (until d. 1850); by descent to his heirs (1850–57); Fürstliche Stolbergsche Bibliothek, Wernigerode, Germany ; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (until 1941)
"Die Zeisberg’sche Bibliothek in Wernigerode." Anzeiger für Bibliographie und Bibliothekwissenschaft Jahrgang 1854, no. 10 (1855). p. 312.

Ruland, Anton. "Die Handschriften der am 10. October 1854 zu Wernigerode zum Verkauf ausgebotenen Zeisberg'schen Bibliothek." Serapeum 16, no. 1 (January 15, 1855). no. 3, p. 5, [sale not held].

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.

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