12th Century

Mosaner Psalter-Frament

Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz. Kupferstichkabinett. Manuscript. 78 A 6. Mosaner Psalter-Fragment : [vollständige Faksimile-Ausgabe im Originalformat des Codex 78 A 6 aus dem Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin]. Graz : Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt, 1974-[1975].  2v.
ND3357.M67 B47 1974 Special Collections 


This fragment offers an example of a Romanesque picture Bible. The manuscript is embellished with gold and comprises an illustrated cycle with scenes from both the Old and the New Testaments. The illustrations were made by anonymous masters and represent a combination of different techniques, pen drawing and opaque color painting. But scholars believe that one single master may have been in charge of artistic aspects and planned the overall design being essentially responsible for the production of the work. This fragment is regarded as extremely important in terms of theology, iconography and history of style. Some compositional elements of the miniatures show late classical, paleo-Christian patterns of Italy as well as influences from the Carolingian and Ottonian traditions. The original is in the State Museum of Prussia, Berlin.

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