Cover of the Lindau Gospels Crucificion and Mourning Figures

The Front Cover of the Lindau Gospels Crucifixion and Mourning Figures

Image from the Morgan Library 

"Lindau Gospels." The Morgan Library & Museum. September 19, 2017. Accessed March 29, 2018. http://www.themorgan.org/collection/lindau-gospels.  

The Lindau Gospels is held within a beautiful jewel encrusted and gold covering called ‘Crucifixion and Mourning Figures’. Many colored gemstones as well as pearls of different sizes create a border around the cover as well as create a cruciform shape surrounding Jesus Christ on the cross. The cover of this gospel is a reflection of the interior illuminations held within the ornate art of the covering. The book is roughly 13 ⅜ inches x 10 ⅜ inches, average sized book we could easily hold in our hands. The incredible focus to detail and craftsmanship is still largely shown in such a small item. In the upper corners of the gospels there are 4 angels depicted looking down on Christ with hunched bodies. In the bottom corners we can see mourners reaching up toward Christ as well as two figures depicted as the Virgin and St. John. These eight figures are all surrounding a raised ornamentation encrusted in more jewels. Christ on the cross is depicted to be a strong character standing upright showing no signs of pain other than drops of blood off his hands. To show his royalty there is a halo encrusted in more jewels around his head. This is a very different depiction of the crucifixion in the way the artist portrays Christ as a proud and painless holy figure.

"Lindau Gospels." The Morgan Library & Museum. September 19, 2017. Accessed March 29, 2018. http://www.themorgan.org/collection/lindau-gospels.  

Stokstad, Marilyn. Medieval Art. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2004.  

Cover of the Lindau Gospels Crucificion and Mourning Figures