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.