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A frontispiece miniature of Christ in Majesty, surrounded by four Winged Evangelists, from The Harkness Gospels, Brittany, late 9th-early 10th century
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by N.F. Karlins

"The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts," Oct. 21, 2005-Feb. 12, 2006, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, N.Y. 10018.

I wanted to run my fingertips over the cool, shimmering expanses of gold in illustrations of New Testament scenes in a two-volume Book of the Hours (Avignon, France, ca. 1390-1400).