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Christ In Majesty Surrounded By The Symbols Of The Evangelists, In A Psalter Preceded By Miniatures And A Calendar

Christ In Majesty Surrounded By The Symbols Of The Evangelists, In A Psalter Preceded By Miniatures And A Calendar

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 D.x

Item number: f.8v

Length: 34.6

Width: 22

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Oxford University came into being gradually, around the year 1200, and a community of book-makers were soon established in the town, centred around the Catte Street and St. Mary's Church. Documentary records suggest that these book-makers not only provided students with the necessary textbooks, but also specialised in meeting the needs of the luxury market: a disproportionately large number of illuminators are recorded. This psalter is probably one of their products: the calendar and litany include three entries for St. Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford. The series of miniatures ends with a dramatic full-page representation of Christ enthroned, blessing with his right hand, and holding a book on his knee with his left. He seism to fix the viewer with his steady gaze.

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