Folio from a manuscript of the Gospels; recto: The descent from the Cross; verso: Portrait of St. John

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Folio II from a Ms. of the Gospels:
Recto: the descent from the Cross; outline drawing with traces of color on a gold ground (much worn).
Verso: Portrait of St. John; traces of color on a gold ground (worn). Text in red ink: index to Gospel.

Historical period(s)
late 12th century
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 27 x 19.4 cm (10 5/8 x 7 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1909.1686
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript, Painting
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Christianity, cross, Saint John
Provenance

To 1909
Ali Arabi, Giza, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ali Arabi in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, Biblical Mss. section, S.I. 1486-B, pg. 13, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Ali Arabi (C.L. Freer source)

Description

Folio II from a Ms. of the Gospels:
Recto: the descent from the Cross; outline drawing with traces of color on a gold ground (much worn).
Verso: Portrait of St. John; traces of color on a gold ground (worn). Text in red ink: index to Gospel.

Published References
  • Seymour de Ricci W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols., New York, 1935-1940. cat. 11, p. 468.
  • Gary Vikan. Byzantine Art as a Mirror of its Public. vol. 118, no. 283 London, August 1983. pp. 164-167, fig. 2.
  • Walter Dennison Charles Rufus Morey. Studies in East Christian and Roman Art. University of Michigan Humanistic Series, 12 New York. .
  • Kenneth W. Clark. A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America. Chicago. pp. 208-209.
Collection Area(s)
Biblical Manuscripts
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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