MINIATURIST, German
(active early 9th century in Aachen)

Gospels of Saint-Médard de Soissons

around 810
Manuscript (Ms. lat. 8850), 362 x 267 mm
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

The Gospels of Saint-Médard was gifted by Emperor Louis I the Pious, son of Charlemagne (reigned 813-840) and his queen Judith to the church of Saint-Médard in Soissons in 827. The manuscript with 239 folios, especially rich in its decorations, was originally in the possession of Charlemagne. It contains the four gospels in Latin, 6 full-page miniatures and 12 canon tables.

The picture shows folio 181r, the introductory page for St John's Gospel.