Leaf from a Gospel Book with Four Standing Evangelists

Date: 1290–1330

Geography: Made in Lake Van region, Vaspurakan (now eastern Turkey)

Culture: Armenian

Medium: Tempera and ink on parchment

Dimensions: Overall: 9 x 13 3/16 in. (22.8 x 33.5 cm)

Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations

Credit Line: Gift of Dr. J.C. Burnett, 1957

Accession Number: 57.185.3

Description

In Armenia, east of the Byzantine empire, Christianity had been accepted as the state religion by 314. The figures on both sides of this page are identified in Armenian, for which a written language was developed about 400 A.D. to make possible the translation of Christian texts. Here (verso), the Four Evangelists—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—stand in a row. Represented on the other side (recto) is the Discovery of Christ's Empty Tomb, based on the Gospel of John (20:4–14).

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