Zürich, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Ms. Rh. 167

Rheinauer Psalter Facsimile Edition

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The Rheinauer Psalter is a lavish example of Gothic illumination from the area of Lake Constance. Crafted in the second half of the 13th century, it features an iconographic apparatus of the highest level of artistry of the High Gothic painting.

Currently treasure at the Zurich Central Library, this manuscript was made around 1260. Although the commissioner remains unknown, the figure must be sought in the area of Lake Constance, probably in the city of Constance, which was very important in the politics and church politics at the time of the interregnum.

The Rheinauer Psalter justly stands out for its miniatures which are a product of the highest level of artistry of the High Gothic painting of this period; the same, however, cannot be said for the script, which although of quite good quality, cannot be counted among the highest examples of the art of writing.

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  • Images courtesy of e-codices - Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Rheinauer Psalter": Der Rheinauer Psalter: Meisterwerk der Buchmalerei um 1260 facsimile edition, published by Quaternio Verlag Luzern, 2013

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Der Rheinauer Psalter: Meisterwerk der Buchmalerei um 1260

Lucerne: Quaternio Verlag Luzern, 2013

  • Commentary (German) by Eggenberger, Christoph; Stähli, Marlis
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Rheinauer Psalter: the facsimile doesn't attempt to replicate the format or the look-and-feel of the original document.

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