14-12 Palace of Charlamagne
Much of the palace has been replaced or restored. The chapel is octagonal that rises into a clerestory above the gallery level. Surrounding the the central core is an ambulatory aisle forming an outer with sixteen sides. The gallery opens into the central space with arched oprening of corinthian columns. The vault over the Palace chapel rises from the octagonal form in eight curving masonry segments. The vault used to contain a mosaic of the 24 elders of the Apocalypse.
14-15 Page with Mark the Evangelist.
Book of Mark, Godescalc Evangelistary. 781-83. Ink and colors on vellum. 12 1/2 x 8 1/2. Copied by the Frankish scribe Godescals. It lavishly illustrated, including gold and silver letters on purpled-dyed vellum. Each Gospel section has an illustration of the evangelist. The scribes didn't use punctuation marks or word spaces. Depicted is Mark in the act of writing at a tilted lecturn to display his writings. He is near a lion with a halo that Mark is associated with. There is an essence of body beneath his robe and three demensional. It has a classical spiral vine motifs.
14-16 Page with Matthew the Evangelist
Book of Matthew, Ebbo gospel c.816-35. Ink, gold, and colors on vellum, 10 1/4 x 8 3/4. Written by Archbishop Ebbo apointed by Louis the Pious. Uses the medieval expressionism. The landscape almost runs off the page but is cut off by the Golden border. The painted is created to portray his inner beauty with twisted eyebrows. On the corner of the page there is a Angel who is his symbol. There are gold highlights in his hair desk and bench.
14-9 Cross, from the Church if Saint Guilia
bresia, Italy. Late 7th - early 9th century. Gilded silver, wood, jewels, camoes, and gold-glass medallion, 50 x 39". Huge jeweled cross with bight colors and pretty gems. In Byzantine form with eaqual arms widening at the ends with a circle in the middle. A wooden core gilded with silver, christ ins in a mandorla in relief with more than 200 jewls, glass and cameos. Supposedly it was given to the Church of Saint Guilia by the last Langobard king
14-18 Crucifixtion with angels Angels and Mourning Figures
outer cover, Lindau Gospels, c. 870-80 Gold, pearls, and gems, 13 3/4 x 10 3/8". Maybe made at one of the workshops of Chsrles the Bald. It is now the covers of the Lindau gospels. Made in gold Repousee surrounded by a jeweled frame. THe Angels are above the arms of the cross, there are also figures of the moon and the sun with hiden faces. Jesus has wide eyes and straight with outstretched arms.
14-19 Memorial stone, Labro Saint Hammers Gotland
Sweden 8th century. In a mushroom shape. The figure has horizontal registers surrounded by a ribbon interlace. The elaborate patterns have symbolic significance. On one of the registers they have a ritual hanging of a victim to Odin in front of which is a burial mound called the hall of Odin. The symbol of Odin an eagle and a triple knott
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14-12 Palace of Charlamagne