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Book/Printed Material Reichenau Gospels.

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  • Reichenau Gospels.


  • This mid-11th century Gospel Book is believed to come from the Abbey of Reichenau, on Lake Constance in Germany, on the basis of its script and illumination. The decoration of the manuscript places it in the so-called Luithar school of Reichenau. Its ornamental motifs compare very closely with those in Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm. 4453, and its palette is nearly identical to that in the Reichenau manuscripts of the Bamberg Cathedral Treasury. The work includes full-page miniatures of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to each of the four Evangelists. Gold uncials begin each paragraph as well as the introductory words of each chapter; they are a distinct mark of Reichenau manufacture. The manuscript's text is written in Caroline minuscule. It is paleographically related to Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Mss. Bibl. 76 and Bibl. 22, and also to Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm. 4454. As a whole, it is an excellent example of Ottonian book illumination. The Ottonian period takes its name from Otto I, Otto II, and Otto III, German kings and Holy Roman Emperors of the Saxon dynasty who ruled during the 10th and early 11th centuries.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1050.


  • -  Germany--Baden-Württemberg--Reichenau
  • -  1050
  • -  Bible
  • -  Bible. New Testament
  • -  Illuminations
  • -  Miniatures (Illuminations)


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Walters Ms. W.7"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 202 folios : parchment ; 16.6 x 23.1 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Walters Art Museum.
  • -  Content in Latin.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Illuminated Manuscripts from Europe

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667952

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Reichenau Gospels. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1050] Pdf.

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(1050) Reichenau Gospels. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Reichenau Gospels. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1050] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.