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Abstract

This manuscript, illustrated with 155 marginal paintings, is one the few surviving “marginal psalters,” in which images provide a pictorial commentary on the Biblical text. Other examples include the Khludov Psalter (ca. 850 CE, Moscow, State Historical Museum, Muz. 129), the Barberini Psalter (ca. 1050 CE, Vat. Barb. Gr. 372), the Theodore Psalter (1066 CE, London, British Library, Add. Ms. 19,352), and a Cyrillic psalter made in Kiev (1397 CE, Saint Petersburg, National Library of Russia, cod. OLDP, F6). The Walters' psalter was apparently copied from the same eleventh-century model as the Saint Petersburg manuscript, as the iconography of the two is very similar.

Text Note

Psalms 28:5–34:4, 34:20–44:14, 45:10–47:4, 49:8–50:12, 51:6–52:5, 60:9-63:2, 67:13-67:26, 68:26–70:7, 71:17-72:13, 72:27–89:17, 90:13–95:9, 96:8–105:20, 105:47–106:26, 106:41–118:63, 118:92–120:7

Decoration Note

Decorated with 145 marginal miniatures; fifty-five ornamented initial letters; rubrics and drawings in red; text in brown ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Miner, D. “The ‘Monastic’ Psalter in the Walters Art Gallery. ” In Late Classical and Medieval Studies in Honor of Albert Mathias Friend, Jr., ed. K. Weitzmann (Princeton, 1955), pp. 232–253.


Cutler, A. “The Marginal Psalter in the Walters Art Gallery: A Reconsideration.” Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 35 (1977): pp. 36–61; repr. in idem, Imagery and Ideology in Byzantine Art (London, 1992), no. iv.


Dufrenne, S. Tableaux synoptiques de 15 psautiers médiévaux à illustrations intégrales issues du texte (Paris, 1978).


Quandt, A., and A. Wallert, “The Technical Study of a Late Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Marginal Psalter from the Walters Art Gallery.” In Painting Techniques: History, Materials and Studio Practice. Contributions to the Dublin Congress 7–11 September 1998, eds. A. Roy and P. Smith (London, 1998), pp. 16–21, with pls. 9–11.


Lowden, J., in Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261–1557), ed. H. Evans, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 2004), pp. 274–76, cat. no. 160.


Parpulov, G. R. “A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): pp. 71-189 at pp. 143-147.


Anderson, J. C. "The State of the Walters' Marginal Psalter and Its Implications for Art History." Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): pp. 35-44.


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Keywords
Psalter
Byzantine
Christian
Illustration
Miniature
Greece
Turkey
13th century
14th century
Scripture
16th century

Origin Place

Eastern Mediterranean

Date

Ca. 1300 CE; 16th century CE (fols. 22 and 96)

Form

book

Language

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

Provenance

Frederick North, fifth Earl of Guilford

Sold after North's death, London, December 1830

Sir Thomas Phillipps

Sotheby's and Co., London, sale of July 1, 1946

Acquisition

Museum purchase, 1946

← search Psalter W.733

Origin Place

Eastern Mediterranean

Date

Ca. 1300 CE; 16th century CE (fols. 22 and 96)

Form

book

Language

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

Provenance

Frederick North, fifth Earl of Guilford

Sold after North's death, London, December 1830

Sir Thomas Phillipps

Sotheby's and Co., London, sale of July 1, 1946

Acquisition

Museum purchase, 1946

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This manuscript, illustrated with 155 marginal paintings, is one the few surviving “marginal psalters,” in which images provide a pictorial commentary on the Biblical text. Other examples include the Khludov Psalter (ca. 850 CE, Moscow, State Historical Museum, Muz. 129), the Barberini Psalter (ca. 1050 CE, Vat. Barb. Gr. 372), the Theodore Psalter (1066 CE, London, British Library, Add. Ms. 19,352), and a Cyrillic psalter made in Kiev (1397 CE, Saint Petersburg, National Library of Russia, cod. OLDP, F6). The Walters' psalter was apparently copied from the same eleventh-century model as the Saint Petersburg manuscript, as the iconography of the two is very similar.

Text Note

Psalms 28:5–34:4, 34:20–44:14, 45:10–47:4, 49:8–50:12, 51:6–52:5, 60:9-63:2, 67:13-67:26, 68:26–70:7, 71:17-72:13, 72:27–89:17, 90:13–95:9, 96:8–105:20, 105:47–106:26, 106:41–118:63, 118:92–120:7

Decoration Note

Decorated with 145 marginal miniatures; fifty-five ornamented initial letters; rubrics and drawings in red; text in brown ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Miner, D. “The ‘Monastic’ Psalter in the Walters Art Gallery. ” In Late Classical and Medieval Studies in Honor of Albert Mathias Friend, Jr., ed. K. Weitzmann (Princeton, 1955), pp. 232–253.


Cutler, A. “The Marginal Psalter in the Walters Art Gallery: A Reconsideration.” Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 35 (1977): pp. 36–61; repr. in idem, Imagery and Ideology in Byzantine Art (London, 1992), no. iv.


Dufrenne, S. Tableaux synoptiques de 15 psautiers médiévaux à illustrations intégrales issues du texte (Paris, 1978).


Quandt, A., and A. Wallert, “The Technical Study of a Late Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Marginal Psalter from the Walters Art Gallery.” In Painting Techniques: History, Materials and Studio Practice. Contributions to the Dublin Congress 7–11 September 1998, eds. A. Roy and P. Smith (London, 1998), pp. 16–21, with pls. 9–11.


Lowden, J., in Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261–1557), ed. H. Evans, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 2004), pp. 274–76, cat. no. 160.


Parpulov, G. R. “A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): pp. 71-189 at pp. 143-147.


Anderson, J. C. "The State of the Walters' Marginal Psalter and Its Implications for Art History." Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): pp. 35-44.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Stub 6bisr

Stub 6bisv

Previous binding upper board outside

Previous binding upper board inside

Previous binding front flyleaf i, r

Previous binding front flyleaf i, v

Previous binding back flyleaf i, r

Previous binding back flyleaf i, v

Previous binding lower board inside

Previous binding lower board outside

Previous binding spine

Keywords
Psalter
Byzantine
Christian
Illustration
Miniature
Greece
Turkey
13th century
14th century
Scripture
16th century
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