Ottonian Artistry

Most of the great artists of 10th-century Europe are anonymous. One of them, who goes by the name Master of the Registrum Gregorii, was a leading illuminator in Trier in Germany at some point between 977 and 993 and created the splendid Ottonian evangeliary Reg.lat.15. It was digitized by the Vatican in the past week. The book has huge and very ornate initials:

It has been copiously studied by art historians. The Trier workshop must have been superb, as a second great illuminator, perhaps a student of the Master, seems to have been put to work on folio 1r and 2v, which contain purpureus pages with gold writing based on late antique models. The latter illuminator, believed to have worked in Mainz, also created the famous Prayerbook of Otto III, now in Munich.

Here is a selection of the new codices online:
  1. Borg.et.8
  2. Reg.lat.8, psalms, Versio Gallicana (with touches of the Vetus Latina), annotated with the help of a Greek text. Incipit, beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum. This is a 12th-century manuscript from Germany or Bohemia and has the Beuron number 438 (my list). No illuminations, but rubrics throughout.
  3. Reg.lat.15, evangeliary from Trier, Germany (above)
  4. Reg.lat.137
  5. Reg.lat.144
  6. Reg.lat.157
  7. Reg.lat.181
  8. Reg.lat.192
  9. Reg.lat.217
  10. Reg.lat.221, ff. 18-33 contains the natural-history book by Hugo de Folieto (13th century), incipit "Si dormitatis inter medios cleros", according to the eTK. Also: "Desiderii tui karissime petitionibus ..." (13c) (use the eTK via the link at the Medieval Academy of America).
  11. Reg.lat.225
  12. Reg.lat.239
  13. Reg.lat.244
  14. Reg.lat.289
  15. Reg.lat.314
  16. Reg.lat.363
  17. Reg.lat.371
  18. Reg.lat.376
  19. Reg.lat.386
  20. Reg.lat.395
  21. Reg.lat.446
  22. Urb.lat.1779 
  23. Vat.copt.98
  24. Vat.lat.707 , Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De proprietatibus rerum HT to @LatinAristotle who notes: ms names fellow Dominican "Albertus [Magnus] Teutonicus":
  25. Vat.lat.1337
  26. Vat.lat.1375
  27. Vat.lat.1386
  28. Vat.lat.1419
  29. Vat.lat.1471
  30. Vat.lat.1487
  31. Vat.lat.1506
  32. Vat.lat.5748

This is Piggin's Unofficial List number 110. If you have corrections or additions, please use the comments box below. Follow me on Twitter (@JBPiggin) for news of more additions to DigiVatLib.

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