(active around 870 in Saint-Denis)

Book cover

Gold, gems and pearls, 420 x 330 mm
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich

The original surviving front cover of the Codex Aureus of St. Emmeram is one of the greatest treasures of medieval art. The gold repoussé pictures, the profuse encrustations of jewels and pearls, the glazing and filigree and fine granulations of gold, all make the cover of the Codex Aureus one of the most magnificent of all medieval book bindings. In the centre we see Christ in Majesty in strong relief. The chased fields either side of Christ show the four evangelists and, in landscape format, Christ with the woman taken in adultery and driving the dealers out of the temple (above), healing a leper (below left) and healing a blind man (below right).