MASTER of the Registrum Gregorii
(active c. 972-1000)

Codex Egberti

c. 980
Manuscript (Cod. 24), 270 x 210 mm
Stadtbibliothek, Trier

This codex was commissioned by the Archbishop Egbert of Trier. It is associated with the important abbey of Reichenau, which was located on an island of Lake Constance.

It contains the earliest picture cycle (51 narrative pictures) on the Life of Christ in the entire history of book painting. The Gospel Pericopes, or Evangelistary, referred to as the Codex Egberti represents the readings from the four Gospels throughout the ecclesiastical year on 165 folios. The codex was illustrated by the Master of the Registrum Gregorii and various unknown illuminators.

The picture shows folio 17r with the scene The Journey and Adoration of the Magi.