Plaque with Christ in Majesty and the Four Evangelists


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

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.

Plaque with Christ in Majesty and the Four Evangelists, Tempera, ink, and metal leaf on parchment; leather, leather binding with ivory, Ottonian

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