MINIATURIST, German
(active around 810 in Aachen)

Lorsch Gospels

c. 810
Manuscript, 374 x 271 mm
Biblioteca Documenta Batthyaneum, Alba Julia, Romania

The Latin codex contains the four gospels and two letters from St Jerome. There are 5 full-page miniatures and 12 canon tables. The codex is divided: gospels according to St Luke and St John in Biblioteca Apostolica, Vatican (Pal. lat. 50); gospels according to St Mark and St Matthew in Biblioteca Documenta Batthyaneum, Alba Julia, Romania.

The picture shows folio 14, the incipit of "Argument" for the Book of Matthew. The miniature shows the generations of Christ. Christ appears in the mandorla in the centre. He is flanked by three groups of fourteen men. At the centre of each group is a major ancestor of Christ: the patriarchs Abraham, David, and Jechonias. The images of the three ancestors are treated like portraits as seen in Late Antique imperial images.