St. Matthew from the Gospel Book of Archbishop Ebbo of Reims

St. Matthew from the Gospel Book of Archbishop Ebbo of Reims

Date ca. 816-35

Movement Early Medieval | Carolingian

Medium Ink and colors on vellum

Dimensions 10.25 x 8.75″

Provenance Reims, France

Housed at Bibliothèque Municipale, Épernay, France

 

St. Matthew has taken upon a significantly different appearance from his depiction in Charlemagne’s Gospel Book. Here, thick, heavy brushstrokes, from the garment to the vegetation and even frame, warp and heave to create the image of a frenzied Gospel writer, divinely inspired.