MINIATURIST, German
(active 780s in Aachen)

Godescalc Gospels

781-83
Manuscript (Ms. nouv. acq. lat. 1203), 310 x 210 mm
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

This liturgical book (an evangelistary) contains the pericopes (extracts from the gospels)read out during mass in the course of the church year. The 127 folios are illustrated with six full-page miniatures as well as ornamental decoration used for frames, initials and decorative pages. The manuscript was probably presented to Saint-Sernin in Toulouse by Charlemagne's son, Louis I the Pious (reigned 813-840).

The full-page miniature on folio 3v represenets the source of life.