MINIATURIST, French
(active 816-835 in Reims)

Ebbo Gospels

816-35
Manuscript (Ms. 1), 260 x 208 mm
Bibliothèque municipale, Epernay

This manuscript, containing the four gospels in Latin on 178 folios, was commissioned by Ebbo, Archbishop of Reims (c. 775—851). It is illustrated with 4 evangelist portraits, 4 initial pages and 12 canon tables.

The illustrations of this manuscript, written in gold, together with the pictures in the Vienna Coronation Gospels, mark a new phase in Carolingian book illumination, closely modelled on the illusionistic painterly style of late Antiquity.

The picture shows the evangelist Matthew on folio 18v. The illuminator is called the Ebbo (or Ebo) Master.