Rabbula Gospels

Rabbula Gospels

Monastery of St. John of Zagba (Syria) — 586

Rabbula Gospels

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Description
Rabbula Gospels

Completed in 586, the Rabbula Gospels is simultaneously one of the finest Byzantine manuscripts produced in Asia as well as one of the earliest Christian manuscripts to be furnished with large miniatures, which are distinguished by their bright colors, dynamism, drama, and expressiveness. Elaborate floral and architectural motifs frame the miniatures, which include the oldest surviving depiction of the Crucifixion found in a manuscript and shows the contemporary Eastern form of the image. The Syriac manuscript was produced in the scriptorium of the Monastery of St. John of ZagbaIt in modern day Syria and is one of the few specimens to survive the destruction of countless Byzantine manuscripts and works of art during the Iconoclasm of the 8th and 9th centuries. This precious artifact is named after the scribe Rabbula, who signed his name in the manuscript and about whom nothing else in known. Parts of the manuscript were overpainted by restorers and miniatures from other works were added in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Rabbula Evangeliar
Rabula Evangeliar
Rabula Gospels
Evangeliarii syriaci, vulgo Rabbulae
Size / Format
586 pages / 33.8 × 27.9 cm
Origin
Syria
Date
586
Style
Script
Estrangela
Illustrations
8 full-page miniatures
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Facsimile Editions

#1 The Rabbula Gospels

Commentary: 1 volume by Carlo Cecchelli, Giuseppe Furlani and Mario Salmi
Language: English
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of twelve pages (miniatures and four text pages) of the original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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