MINIATURIST, French
(active around 850 in Tours)

Lothar Gospels

849-51
Manuscript (Ms. lat. 266), 322 x 250 mm
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

This manuscript was commissioned by Emperor Lothar (reigned 840-855), son of Louis the Pious, as a present for the monastery of St. Martin in Tours. It contains 221 folios with the four gospels, illustrated with 6 miniatures. In the renowned introductory miniature on folio 1v Lothar is shown in antique costume.

The codex, produced in the time if Vivian, abbot from 844-851, marks the high point of book illumination in Tours. The miniatures may have originated from a master who also contributed to the Vivian Bible.