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Saint Luke (cutting from a Greek Bible)

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Cutting (single leaf with verso blank) from the opening of the Gospel of St. Luke in a Greek bible, with a portrait of the Evangelist Luke, dressed in a green tunic and purple mantle, seated on a low bench under an arch, writing the opening of his gospel on an open codex ("Epeidhper polloi...

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Before the early 20th century, removed from a Greek Bible written in Byzantium [see note 1]. About 1918, purchased by Bourgeois Galleries, New York; 1919, sold by Bourgeois Galleries to the MFA for $950. (Accession date: March 20, 1919) NOTES: [1] Removed with the other three evangelist portraits before the early twentieth century, when all four miniatures were owned by Paris bookdealer D'Aguerre.

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

Byzantine, about 1200–25

Place of Manufacture

Byzantine Empire


Overall (page dimensions): 21.5 x 15.7 cm (8 7/16 x 6 3/16 in.) Other (illumination dimensions): 15.6 x 12.5 cm (6 1/8 x 4 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera on parchment




Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts