A masterwork of early Ottonian manuscript illumination, the Gero Codex is a Christian liturgical book of readings from the Gospels to be intoned at Mass. Made at Reichenau before 969, it owns its nickname to its patron, Gero, future archbishop of Cologne, who is pictured receiving the book from the scribe Anno and presenting it to Saint Peter. The illumination includes seven full-page miniatures: two dedication miniatures, portraits of the four authors of the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ, and Christ in Majesty. Fourteen pages with painted purple grounds feature gold writing or a large interlace initial.
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Gero Codex (Codice di Gerone)
Rimini: Imago, 2021
- Commentary (Italian)
- Limited Edition: 349 copies
- Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Gero Codex: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.
Brass binding engraved with lapis lazuli and jade stones. At the center of the first plate is a representation of the cross with the lamb in the center and, on the four sides, the evangelists.
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