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St Mark the Evangelist in his Study

pen and brush on vellum (27 × 19 cm) — 1025-1050 Museum Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

This work is linked to Mark 1:1

This miniature was produced in Constantinople (present day Istanbul), then the capital of the Byzantine empire. The unknown artist used paint, ink and gold.

The Gospel of Mark is probably the oldest gospel in the Bible. Mark was not an apostle. It may have been Peter who encouraged him to write down the gospel.

Byzantine art had much influence on later style periods. This is most visible in orthodox icons. But also the works of early Italian renaissance artists show Byzantine influences.

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