Johannes Grusch Atelier / Pair of Leaves from a Latin Bible: Initial I: Elimeleh and Naomi / c. 1250Johannes Grusch Atelier
Pair of Leaves from a Latin Bible: Initial I: Elimeleh and Naomi
c. 1250

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Creator Name: Johannes Grusch Atelier
Creator Qualifier: circle or workshop of
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: c. 1380 - 1439
Creator Name-CRT: Johannes Grusch Atelier
Title: Pair of Leaves from a Latin Bible: Initial I: Elimeleh and Naomi
Title Type: Primary
Title: Initial I with Elimelech and Naomi: Leaf from a Latin Bible
Title Type: Former
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Creation Start Date: 1245
Creation End Date: 1255
Creation Date: c. 1250
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Manuscript
Materials and Techniques: ink, tempera and gold on vellum
Dimensions: Each leaf: 15.03cm x 10.02cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.123
Credit Line: The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection
Provenance: [Bruce Ferrini, Akron]
Context: Johannes Grusch Atelier (France, Paris)Pair of Leaves from a Latin Bible:Initial I: Elimelech and Naomi (opening of Bookof Ruth) and Initial P: St. Paul Holding a Sword (St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians), about 1250Ink, tempera, and gold on vellumThe Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection [Cat nos. 7 (CMA 1999.123) and 8]The Johannes Grusch workshop is named for the canon responsible for copying one of its Bibles in 1267. The shop first appears on the scene during the late 1230s, and an oeuvre of 39 manuscripts has been identified. The workshop's oldest dated work is a missal made for Rouen Cathedral between 1235 and 1245.The style used by the Grusch artists consists of flat little figures with inked draperies of a fairly irregular sort. The figures have white heads with small features, short-bearded chins on the men, and pursed mouths. The ornament includes vine scrolls that loop around themselves, as well as a variety of grotesque and hybrid monsters. Another feature of the style is the treatment of the hair, arranged in neat rows of curls. A large number of painters were apparently associated with this workshop, which changed its style considerably over its 30-year period of activity. Its paintings can be divided into early, middle, and late styles.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.123
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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