MINIATURIST, German
(active around 800 in Aachen)

Ada Gospels

780-800
Manuscript (Cod. 22), 368 x 245 mm
Stadtbibliothek, Trier

The Ada Gospels is a Carolingian gospel book containing a dedication to Charlemagne's sister Ada, whence it gets its name. The manuscript is written on vellum in Carolingian minuscule. It is one of a group of manuscript illuminations by a circle of scriptoria that is called the "Ada School" or rather the Palace school of Charlemagne. Other products of this school include the Soissons Gospels, Godescalc Evangelistary and the Lorsch Gospels; ten manuscripts in total are usually recognised.

The manuscript's illuminations include an elaborate initial page for the Gospel of Matthew and portraits of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The illuminations show Insular, Italian and Byzantine influences. The Evangelist portraits show a firm grasp of Classical style typical of the Carolingian Renaissance.

The picture shows folio 85v with the portrait of St Luke.