The Prince-Bishop Evangeliary

The Prince-Bishop Evangeliary Facsimile Edition

Würzburg (Germany) — 1507

Created at the behest of the powerful Prince-Bishop of Würzburg: a magnificent German Renaissance Gospel Book with 30 full-page golden miniatures

  1. Commissioned in 1507 by Lorenz von Bibra, Prince-Bishop of Würzburg (1459–1519)

  2. 30 magnificent full-page miniatures masterfully illuminated by the Benedictine monk George Lester

  3. Intensely bright colors and shimmering gold were used for the depictions resembling panel paintings

The Prince-Bishop Evangeliary

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The Prince-Bishop Evangeliary

In 1507, Lorenz von Bibra, the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg commissioned an exceptionally pure and splendidly decorated Evangeliary. With its 30 full-page miniatures, which impressively depict the life cycle of Christ, the Prince-Bishop's Evangeliary occupies a special position among the impressive manuscripts of the time. Intense colors and fine, shimmering gold make the pictorial depictions of the life of Jesus look like a collection of panel paintings in book form and show the extraordinary quality of the artistic artistic implementation.


Alternative Titles
Das Fürst-Bischöfliche Evangelistar
Size / Format
124 pages / 33.3 × 23.5 cm
30 full-page miniatures
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Das Fürst-Bischöfliche Evangelistar Facsimile Edition
Imago – Rimini, 2021
Limited Edition: 399 copies
Detail Picture

The Prince-Bishop Evangeliary

Throne of Mercy

This richly colored miniature is an exemplary specimen of the sedes gratiae or “Throne of Mercy”, an archetypal depiction in Christian art that first appeared in the late 10th century. An enthroned God the Father, who looks at the beholder with a solemn gaze, holds a crucified Christ in his hands as a dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit appears between them. Glimmering gold has not only been used for the halos and God’s crown, but also splendidly illuminates inter alia the woodgrain of the cross.

Das Fürst-Bischöfliche Evangelistar
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The Prince-Bishop Evangeliary

The Last Supper

A solid, bare, but also airy building resembling a monastery or a church provides the setting for the Last Supper of Jesus with the Twelve Apostles. The betrayer Judas stands out among the latter, depicted receiving a morsel offered by Jesus and identifying him just that: “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” (Jn. 13:26)

Judas Iscariot is painted without a halo, but already has the bag with the thirty denarii around his neck behind his back to hide his true intentions. The disciple whom Jesus loved is also conspicuous because he sleeps in Jesus' lap: John the Evangelist according to tradition. A lamb lies on the golden platter in the middle of the table foretelling Christ’s sacrifice.

Das Fürst-Bischöfliche Evangelistar
Facsimile Editions

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Imago – Rimini, 2021
Das Fürst-Bischöfliche Evangelistar Facsimile Edition
Das Fürst-Bischöfliche Evangelistar Facsimile Edition Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: Imago – Rimini, 2021
Limited Edition: 399 copies
Binding: Rich gold embossing of the cover and bordered cat's eye in the center
Commentary: 1 volume
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire 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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