MINIATURIST, German
(active c. 810 in Augsburg)

Wessobrunn Prayer (Wessobrunner Gebet)

c. 810
Manuscript (Clm 22053), 185 x 145 mm
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich

This famous piece of Christian literature was produced in Augsburg but was preserved in the monastic library of Wessobrunn Abbey for centuries, until the secularisation, when the library contents were transferred to the Bavarian State Library, where the manuscript is now located.

Christianity spread slowly among the Celtic and Germanic peoples. The Franks were largely Christian a generation after the end of the Roman empire. The Irish were converted from Britain and Gaul and in their turn sent missions to Germany. Scandinavia and Eastern Europe came last. Entry into Christianity was symbolized by the sacrament of baptism.

Folio 16r in this early ninth-century German manuscript shows a representation of baptism.