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.