Canon Table Page (Main View (fol. 2.7.verso))

T'oros Roslin and T'oros Roslin

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Like the other canon table pages from the Zeyt'un Gospels, this illumination is notable for its busy decoration, varied color, and architectural structure. Some of these features recall the characteristics of Byzantine church architecture as discussed in literature. The Byzantine author Procopius, for example, described the great church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) in this way: "Who could recount the beauty of the columns and marbles. . . . For one would surely marvel at the purple hue of some, the green of others, at those on which the crimson blooms. . . . And so the visitor's mind is lifted up to God. . . ."

In this canon table, which is heavily indebted to Byzantine art, Procopius's aesthetic of colorful variety instilling wonder in the viewer was surely still at work. The diversity of hue--green, blue, orange, gold, and pink--and the foliate decoration of the framework surrounding the text must have suggested a similar heavenly context to the manuscript's readers.


  • Title: Canon Table Page (Main View (fol. 2.7.verso))
  • Creator: T'oros Roslin, T'oros Roslin
  • Date Created: 1256
  • Location Created: Hromklay, Armenia
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 26.5 × 19 cm (10 7/16 × 7 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera and gold paint on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 94.MB.71.2.7.verso
  • Culture: Armenian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, Ms. 59, fol. 7v
  • Creator Display Name: T'oros Roslin (Armenian, active 1256 - 1268) T'oros Roslin (Armenian, active 1256 - 1268)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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