Canon Table Page

Unknownlate 13th century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In the early Byzantine period Eusebius of Caesarea (about 263-about 340), a bishop and church historian, developed canon tables based on a system for indexing passages that related the same events in more than one of the four Gospels. In this Gospel book, the artist wrote each table in gold ink and surrounded it with an architectural frame. The fantastic decoration on these pages emphasizes the importance of the reader's exploration of scripture and the preciousness of the Gospel book.


  • Title: Canon Table Page
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: late 13th century
  • Location Created: Constantinople, Turkey
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 21 × 14.9 cm (8 1/4 × 5 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold ink, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 98.MB.151.9
  • Culture: Byzantine
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 65, fol. 9
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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