St. Matthew from the Gospel Book of Charlemagne

St. Matthew from the Gospel Book of Charlemagne

Date ca. 800-10

Movement Early Medieval | Carolingian

Medium Ink and colors on vellum

Dimensions 13 x 10″

Housed at Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

 

This page was a part of Charlemagne’s personal Gospel book (also know as the Coronation Gospels), found within his tomb and used by later emperors at their coronations. It is thought to have been created at Charlemagne’s court. There is so much Roman influence here that many scholars believe the artist to have come from Italy or Byzantium—note the wide, acanthus-patterned frame, heavy shading of the figure’s body and drapery, and the pastel-colored, landscaped background