Ezra Restoring the Bible from the Codex Amiatinus
Date early 8th Century
Movement Early Medieval
Medium Tempera on vellum
Dimensions 20 x 13.5″
Housed at Biblioteca Medicea Laurenzianna, Florence
An even greater Roman/Byzantine influence is at play here—more so than in St. Matthew’s page from the Lindisfarne Gospels. The cabinet recalls the same symbol employed in the Galla Placidia lunette mosaic, and even greater spatial illusionism is conveyed through not only the foreshortening of objects, but also the color shading of Ezra’s form.