Drawing Of Christ Among The Candlesticks, In Matthew Paris's 'Book Of Additions'
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Matthew Paris (c. 1200-1259) became a monk of St. Albans in 1217, and in 1236 became the abbey chronicler, a task which allowed him to exercise and explore his talents as a scribe, and as an accomplished and inventive artist. Most of this manuscript is written in Matthew's own distinctive handwriting, as are the miniatures, except for some added in the 14th century. Known by Matthew as his 'Book of Additions', it contains a variety of miscellaneous texts and images.
This drawing depicts a vision described in Revelation 1:13-16. A rubric (top right) states that 'This is the work of Brother William ... companion of St. Francis [died 1226] ... English by birth'. It is not certain whether this is William's own drawing, or a careful copy: the style is that of the early decades of the 13th century, and the leaf has been cut down to make it fit in this book.