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Walters Ms. W.530.A, St. Mark

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St. Mark

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Single leaf from a Gospel lectionary


This author portrait once preceded the Lenten readings (mostly taken from the Gospel of Mark) in a Gospel lectionary now in Athens, National Library of Greece MS 2552. The Evangelist has momentarily paused writing and raises a hand to his chin in a conventional gesture signifying thought. On the desk in front of him lie a pair of compasses, used for ruling the parchment pages before writing on them, and an inkwell.


Early 11th century CE


Constantinople (?)






The primary language in this manuscript is Greek, Ancient (to 1453).

Support material


Medium weight parchment


Foliation: 1


Formula: Cutting



19.0 cm wide by 27.0 cm high

fols. 1r - 1v:
  1. Title: Single leaf from a Gospel lectionary


fol. W.530.Ar:

  1. W.530.A, fol. W.530.Ar
  2. Title: St. Mark
  3. Form: Full-page miniature


Serres, St. John Prodromos Monastery MS A3

Henry Walters, Baltimore, acquired from Léon Gruel before 1931


Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest


Clark, Kenneth. A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1937, p. 360.

Vikan, Gary, ed. Illuminated Greek Manuscripts from American Collections: An Exhibition in Honor of Kurt Weitzmann. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973, pp. 72-73, no. 8.

Marava-Chatzinikolaou, Anna and Christina Toufexi-Paschou. Catalogue of the Illuminated Byzantine Manuscripts of the National Library of Greece. Vol. 1. Athens: Publications Bureau of the Academy of Athens, 1978, pp. 79-81, no. 17, figs. 131-142.

Weitzmann, Kurt. Die byzantinische Buchmalerei des 9. und 10. Jahrhunderts: Addenda und Appendix. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1996, pp. 92-93, fig. 639.

Evans, Helen and William Wixom, eds. The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843-1261. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997, pp. 102-103, no. 57.

Parpulov, Georgi. “A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): 71-189.


Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.

Editors: Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Conservators: Owen, Linda; Quandt, Abigail

Contributors: Bockrath, Diane; Emery, Doug; Noel, William; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.


The Walters Art Museum


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