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The Jaharis Gospel Lectionary

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 144
  • Illustrations: 102 (100 in full color)
  • Binding: Clothbound, with jacket
  • Dimensions: 9'' x 11 1/4''
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • ISBN: 9780300148992



By John Lowden

The Jaharis Byzantine Gospel Lectionary was until 2008 a hidden treasure: a manuscript almost entirely unknown, even to scholars. Superbly preserved, it represents the apogee of Constantinopolitan craftsmanship around the year 1100 and is arguably the most important Byzantine work to come to The Metropolitan Museum of Art's renowned collection since the gifts of J. Pierpont Morgan in 1917. In this important study John Lowden, a leading expert on Byzantine manuscripts, discusses the Jaharis Gospel Lectionary within the broader context of Byzantine book illumination. He traces the lectionary's history from its acquisition by the Metropolitan backward through Paris, Athens, Mount Athos, and Istanbul to its production in Constantinople. Through detailed analysis and comparison, Professor Lowden shows that the lectionary was made for use in the patriarchal church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinoplethe seat of the Orthodox Church and the primary site at which the emperor worshippedor one of its nearby affiliated churches.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

discussed in scholarly detail
Church Times

the quality of the production, especially the numerous illustrations and elegant design, will ensure that anyone interested in middle-Byzantine manuscripts will want a copy of this book.
The Art Newspaper

provides valuable and detailed insights into the life of a manuscript which has only recently come to lightThis beautifully illustrated and produced volume is an insightful and systematic study of the life of the Jaharis Gospel Lectionary and a significant contribution to the field of Byzantine history and codicology. Lowden's accomplished work will be a lasting work of reference to manuscript scholars and book historians alike, but will also give pleasure to readers unfamiliar with the Byzantine world."
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