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The Ramsey-Psalter
Price: € 98,00   Standing order price: € 85,00
Date: 2003     ISBN: 978-3-201-01805-0

Monastery Library of St. Paul (Kärnten), codex 58/1 and
Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Ms M. 302
Date of origin of the codex: last quarter of the 13th century
Graz 2003, 346 page reproduction
88 page commentary by L.F. Sandler, 14.5 x 19.5 cm

This Psalter was created towards the end of the 13th century in the Ramsey Benedict Abbey and due to its exquisite layout; it holds a place as and remains today, the most beautiful Gothic illuminated manuscript in existence.
The figurative and luxurious initials with stylistic floral illustrated borders and predominance of grotesqueness nestled between lines of the text; all demonstrate the inexhaustible creativity and achievement in arrangement by a highly talented book illustrator.

However, what is especially significant is the fact that the Psalms are all prefaced by a series of images.  The 40 scenes altogether on only 12 pages of miniatures unfold a color-clad picture sheet of Christian teachings. The quality of book decoration is completely exceptional down to the smallest detail and combined with the abundant use of gold, they make this codex one of the most beautiful chosen works of art.

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