This is a narrative of a knight standing on a dragon and lion with the hands of god in the top right and an angel on the left. Line is used throughout the picture to outline and separate figure to ground. The lines also bring a sense of texture, in the clothing and the hair. This is a very flat space, all the subjects seem to be on one picture frame. The negative and positive space seem pretty balanced. There is minimum contrast of light and darks, all colours seem to the same value. The colour scheme is colour and warm colours with neutrals. The pigment of the colour effects the colour scheme. There is unintentional complimentary colours with the green in the background and the red in the fire and cape. The viewers eye would go to the background implied texture. These elements are scattered all over the place with no sense of rhythm, beside in the textured clothing. The composition is slightly symmetrical but still disjunctive. The colours and texture of the background gives this picture wonder and holiness. The artist was trying to show the viewer how mighty and powerful Christ is. The Stuttgart Psalter is currently in Württembergische Landesbibliothek, a museum in Stuttgart, Germany. It has been in this museum for since the late 18th century. This narrative is on one of the Stuttgart Psalter pages, which are 26.5×17.5cm each. The narrative is illustrating Psalm 91, where Christ slays … It was made in the 9th century in scriptorium at St. Germain-des-Prés in Paris. The Stuttgart Psalter is an illuminated volume with the Book of Psalms written in it. The text is used as historical, literal and Christological. Made with gold and sliver leaf and Tempera colours on a stretched animal skin.
Shared by: Marisa Drayton
Image Credit: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuttgarter_Psalter
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