the cat’s tower besieged by the mice
book of hours, London ca. 1320-1330.
British Library, Harley 6563, fol. 72r
Gilt silver, enamel, and jeweled bookcover
[Probably Salzburg, ca. 760–90]
Earlier binding used as lower cover on Lindau Gospels, Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland, late ninth century
The Morgan Library
Evangelistary (“Liber viventium”)
Parchment · 91 ff. · 31 x 20.5 cm · Churrätien · first quarter of the 9th century and 9th-14th centuries
(via e-codices)The Liber viventium Fabariensis is likely the most important surviving work of Rhaetish book art. This manuscript was originally designed as an Evangelistary and richly adorned with initials, frames for canonical tables and full-page illustrations of the symbols of the four evangelists. Starting in 830 the names of monks who joined the monastic community were listed in the empty canonical table frames, together with living and deceased benefactors of the abbey. In addition to its function as evangelistary, memorial and record of the monastic brotherhood, the Liber viventium was later also used to preserve the historial records and treasure catalog of Pfäfers Abbey. Because of the legal importance of the Liber viventium up to modern times, the volume is housed in the archival collection of Pfäfers Abbey. (kur)
The Four Gospels
Unknown provenance, 1226 A.D.
The four Gospels in Arabic are decorated with punctuation marks as gilt rosettes and miniatures of the four evangelists. This illumination shows St. John painted in tempera and gold.
The Gospel in Arabic!!!
My paper about Aachen, the Dome of the Rock, and Theodulf’s Oratory is turning into a theological paper.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
And again, the Apocalypse!! What’s happening today?!
The four horsemen as featured in the “Bamberger Apokalypse” Folio 14 recto (ca. 1000 AD) – Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek
A nice match to a Gabriel possibly singing Apocalypse in 9/8…
Master of the Brussels Romuléon. Scenes from the Life of St. Anthony, 1470.