MINIATURIST, Irish
(active 8th century in Ireland)

Gospel Book (fragment)

8th century
Manuscript (Cod. Sang. 1395), 230 x 185 mm
Stiftsbibliothek, Abbey of St. Gall, St. Gallen

The Codex Sangallensis 1395 in the Stiftsbibliothek of the Abbey of St. Gall is a nineteenth-century compilation of fragments. The picture shows the only surviving leaf (page 418) from a lost Irish Gospel Book from the eight or ninth century. It represents the miniature of St Matthew. On the verso of the leaf are magical charms written partly in Old Irish.