The Lindau


This work is inspired by the Lindau Gospel, a western medieval manuscript produced at St. Gall's monastery scriptorium around 8 A.D. but currently at the Morgan Library. The metal cover, a masterpiece of Carolingian book art, has an even earlier origin. Altar Gospel books in the Orthodox Church always have been the most revered as the House of God's Word. They were adorned with gold and silver-smithed covers with enamel and jewels. Compositionally, the Gospel consists of a central cross with the faces of the four evangelists of the Gospel. I did not copy the pattern blindly but developed my own figures of the evangelists and the interwoven patterns in between, resembling a Celtic, animal interlaced pattern of knots.

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