MINIATURIST, English
(active 1120s in St. Albans Abbey)

St. Albans Psalter

1120s
Manuscript, 276 x 194 mm
St Godehard's Church, Hildesheim

The main artist decorating the St Albans Psalter is called the Alexis Master after a section of the work which contains the biography of a fifth-century Roman saint called Alexis. The Alexis Master is credited with introducing a new figurative and narrative style into English art in the 1120s. This new style was much indebted to eleventh-century German and early twelfth-century Italo-Byzantine style. The miniature shown here represents Mary Magdalen announcing the resurrection to the apostles.