- 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
- Author: John Lowden
- ISBN: 9780300148992
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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 Constantinople—the seat of the Orthodox Church and the primary site at which the emperor worshipped—or one of its nearby affiliated churches.
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