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Title Page of St. Gregory's "Moralia": Job Visited by His Three Friends (above) and Gregory the Great and His Deacon Peter (below)

Title Page of St. Gregory's "Moralia": Job Visited by His Three Friends (above) and Gregory the Great and His Deacon Peter (below)

c. 1143-1178

probably by Abbot Frowin

(Swiss)

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 27.3 x 19 cm (10 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.); Framed: 52.4 x 39.7 cm (20 5/8 x 15 5/8 in.); Matted: 48.9 x 36.2 cm (19 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.74

Description

This leaf originally formed the title page of a four-volume Moralia (Commentary on the Book of Job) by Gregory the Great, pope and father of the Latin Church. The books still survive in the library of the Monastery of Engelberg, near Lucerne. Both the copying and illumination of the books are attributed to the hand of Engelberg's greatest abbot, Frowin, who ruled from 1143 to 1178. Frowin seemed to be responsible, either as a writer, illuminator, or donor, for nearly 30 manuscripts still preserved at that monastery.

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