St. Matthew from the Codex Colbertinus

St. Matthew from the Codex Colbertinus

Date ca. 1100

Movement Mature Romanesque

Medium Tempera on vellum

Dimensions 7.5 x 4″

Housed at Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris


The wild animals and beasts that fill the “L” here are very similar to the ones that compose the capitals of the Moissac Cloisters—it is very possible that this Codex was created at the same monastery and at the same time that the capitals were carved. The artist depicts St. Matthew with tremendous influence from Medieval themes, from the dark outlines and bold colors of the drapery that recall enamelwork, to the intricate patterns that were used upon metalwork.