Gospels of Matilda, Countess of Tuscany

Gospels of Matilda, Countess of Tuscany

Monastery of San Benedetto in Polirone, Mantua (Italy) — Ca. 1075–1099

Gospels of Matilda, Countess of Tuscany

MS M.492 The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
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Gospels of Matilda, Countess of Tuscany

Countess Matilda of Tuscany was one of the most powerful nobles in Italy during the second half of the 11th century and brokered a settlement in the Investiture Controversy, which began as a power struggle between Emperor Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII over who had the authority top invest new bishops. She was also a woman of deep faith and a patron of the arts who commissioned a splendid Gospel Book sometime between 1075 and 1099 as a gift to the Abbey of San Benedetto in Polirone, which was founded by her grandfather. The text is written in red and black in and is adorned by 4 incipit pages and 7 canon tables created with rich primary colors, and gold leaf. Most of the 6 full-page miniatures and 6 smaller miniatures were created by using just red paint, gold leaf, and shading while one is completed in full color.


Alternative Titles
Evangeliar der Mathilde von Canossa
Gospel book of San Benedetto in Polirone
Size / Format
106 folios / 33.3 × 22.6 cm
Ca. 1075–1099
6 full-page miniatures; 6 smaller miniatures; 4 incipit pages; 7 canon tables
The four Gospels; The Liber vitae of the monastery of San Benedetto in Polirone (fol. 102-106), which contains a document dated 8th April 1109 by Abbot Albericus concerning the obligation of the monastery of San Benedetto in Polirone to the Countess and A
Previous Owners
Giovanni Battista Racanati
Abbot Mauro Mari
Don Giuseppe Mari
Luigi Celotti of Venice
Rev. Theodore Williams
Sir Thomas Phillipps

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#1 Gospels of Matilda, Countess of Tuscany

Commentary: 1 volume by George F. Warner and J. Pierpont Morgan
Language: English
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of 19 plates in gold and colour and 12 in greyscale. The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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