A reflection of unearthly beauty - Medieval Gospels
Gospels, books with the texts of the four Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, made the word of God visible in the western culture of the Middle Ages. As a medium between heaven and earth, Gospel books were often adorned with splendid bindings made of precious and exquisite materials. On the one hand, this expressed the client's wealth and, on the other hand, a reflection of unearthly beauty. The volumnes united here come from the Würzburg cathedral treasury and are now kept in the university library. Its bindings were made in the 10th and 11th centuries. Characteristic of Würzburg Gospels are the front covers in which filigree carved ivory reliefs are embedded. Only a select group of people was allowed to open them, including the bishop and the canons. But not only the bindings were artistically designed. The texts, the initials and the book illumination are also on a high level and expressed the appreciation of the content and the wealth of the client.