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Painting (867-1204)

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David at prayer
Miniature representation of David at prayer, in codex no. 61, 9th century, Pantokrator monastery, Mount Athos.

Jonah in the belly of the whale
Miniature representation of Jonah in the belly of the whale, in codex no. 61, 9th century, Pantokrator monastery, Mount Athos.

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David at prayer
9th century


Jonah in the belly of the whale
9th century

The rich libraries of the Protaton and the twenty monasteries on Mount Athos house over 800 illuminated manuscripts. Of diverse provenance and spanning a period from the 9th to the 18th century, they provide a wonderful picture of this painting genre.

The illuminated manuscripts of the 9th to 12th centuries are few in number and most of them represent the art of Constantinople, since they originated from copyist scriptoria of that city. The psalters with full-page miniatures are an example (Psalter no. 61 in the Pantocrator Monastery).

See Also
History - Middle Byzantine period (867-1204)
Travelling - The manuscripts of Mount Athos


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