List of illustrations

  • Portrait of Malik Ambar
  • Frederick II and his Imperial Subjects
  • Frederick II and his Imperial Subjects, detail
  • Martyrdom of St. Mark
  • St. Michael Defeating an Attack on Constantinople
  • Pentecost
  • Pentecost, detail
  • Head of a Black African (Johannes Maurus?)
  • The "False Frederick" and his Retainers
  • The Magi Before Herod, watercolor copy published in Louis-Joseph Yperman, "Catalogue des Relevés de peintures murales," musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, 1918.
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Coronation of the Virgin with a Black African Donor
  • Donor, detail of the Coronation of the Virgin with a Black African Donor
  • Armorial panel of Jacob of Reinach and his first wife, Eva von Schonau
  • Coptic Pilgrim Flask showing St. Menas
  • Eulogia Ampulla. Side A: profile of St. Menas
  • Eulogia Ampulla. Side B: invocation formula.
  • St. Menas on Horseback. Illustration of a text relating one of the saint's miracles, fol 10.r.
  • Marriage of Isaac (detail): meeting of Eliezer and Rebecca. "Ashburnham Pentateuch," fol. 21.r.
  • Joseph receives his brothers in Egypt (detail): Hebrews and Egyptians at table. "Ashburnham Pentateuch," fol. 44r.
  • Crossing the Red Sea (detail): the pharaoh's army. "Ashburnham Pentateuch," fol. 68r.
  • Tenth plague on Egypt and the deliverance of the children of Israel. "Ashuburnham Pentateuch," fol. 65v.
  • Oikoumenē of Strabo World Map. Ninteenth-century reconstruction according to the writings of the Greek geographer Strabo
  • Facsimile reconstruction (made in 1844) of al-Idrīsī's planisphere, 1140–1150, aftr a thirteenth-century copy (inverted: north at top)
  • Ethiopians. "De rébus ex Oriente mirabilibus," fol. 86r (detail)
  • Exultet roll (detail)
  • Combat between Fel and Fol. Mosaic fragment.
  • Forces of evil and the second death. "Apocalypse," fol. 37r (detail)
  • Satan unbound goes to tempt the nations, Gog and Magog. Beatus of Libana, "Commentary on the Apocalypse," fol. 155v. 1086.
  • Allegory of Easter night. Detail of of fig. 12
  • Parable of the rich man and Lazarus (detail): Hell. "Codex Aureus." fol. 117v.
  • Decorated initial. Florus, "Expositio in Epistolas Pauli," vol. II, fol. 67v.
  • Christ delivering the gospel to St. John. "Commentary on the Apocalypse," fol. 4v.
  • Temptation of Christ. Otbert Psalter, fol. 101r.
  • Sphere Lunae-Sphere Solis. "De natura rerum," fol. 53r (detail).
  • Decorated initial introducing St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians. "New Testament and Psalter," fol. 91v
  • St. Martin resisting a demon
  • Healing of the Gadarene demoniacs. "Psalter," fol. 3v (detail)
  • Beheading of John the Baptist. "Psalter," fol. 2v (detail)
  • St. Peter confounds Simon Magus by reviving a dead man.
  • Scenes from the Passion of Christ: Scourging, Carrying the Cross, Crucifixion
  • Scenes from the Passion of Christ: Scourging, Carrying the Cross, Crucifixion
  • Scourging. Historiated initial. "Evangelistary," fol. 6r
  • Black executioner in the judgment of Solomon. Carved tympanum, left side of the lower register
  • Beheading of John the Baptist. Carved tympanum, right side of lower register
  • St. Stephen led before the judge. Carved tympanum, right side of lower register
  • Judgment of Solomon
  • Stoning of St. Stephen. "Images de la vie du Christ et des saints," fol. 76r
  • Betrayal of Judas. "Sarum missal," fol. 150v
  • Carrying of the Cross. "Images de la via du Christ et des saints," fol. 37v
  • Executioner's head. Fragment from the archivolts of the north door of the west façade of Reims Cathedral
  • Scenes from the life of St. Catherine (detail): executioner near Emperor Maxentius (before and after restoration)
  • Scenes from the life of St. Catherine (detail): executioner near Emperor Maxentius (before and after restoration)
  • Ship crossing the Persian Gulf. Al-Harīrī, "Makāmāt (The Assemblies)," fol. 119v
  • Slave Market. Al-Harīrī, "Makāmāt (The Assemblies)," fol. 105r
  • A guest at supper with a group of savants. Al-Harīrī, "Makāmāt (The Assemblies)," fol. 16r
  • Conquest of Majorca by James I of Aragon
  • Conquest of Majorca by James I of Aragon, detail
  • Chessbook of Alfonso X the Wise
  • Astrological symbol for the stone "Zebech." "Lapidario" of Alfonso X the Wise, fol. 95v (detail)
  • Chessbook of Alfonso X the Wise
  • Muslim expedition on Christian soil and taking booty. "Las Cántigas de Santa Maria" of Alfonso X the Wise, "Cantiga" XLVI (detail)
  • Expedition at sea: kidnapping a Christian count. "Las Cántigas de Santa Maria" of Alfonso X the Wise, "Cantiga" XCV (detail)
  • Story of a woman accused of committing adultery with a Moor. "Las Cántigas de Santa Maria" of Alfonso X the Wise, "Cantiga" CLXXXVI (detail)
  • Story of a Moor's conversion. "Las Cántigas de Santa Maria" of Alfonso X the Wise, "Cantiga" CXCII (detail)
  • Initial Q: two soldiers leading two Moors before a king
  • Initial S: the baptism of a Moor
  • Astrological Symbol for the stone "Sanguina." "Lapidario" of Alfonso X the Wise, fol. 94v (detail)
  • Astrological symbol for the stone "Almagnitaz." "Lapidario" of Alfonso X the Wise, fol. 97v (detail)
  • Nestor. Conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch. "Menologion of Basil II", p.107
  • Michael of Blachernae. Martyrdom of the holy fathers of the Sinai by the Blemmyes. "Menologion of Basil II," p.315
  • Pantoleon. Martyrdom of the thirty fathers of Raithu in the Sinai by the Blemmyes. "Menologion of Basil II," p.317
  • Scenes of hunting and playing. Margin decorations. Gregory of Nazianzus, "Homilies," fols. 94v and 251r
  • Scenes of hunting and playing. Margin decorations. Gregory of Nazianzus, "Homilies," fols. 94v and 251r
  • Canon tables. "Tetraevangelion," fol. 4v
  • Lion hunt in Libya. Pseudo-Oppian, "Cynegetica," fol. 41r (detail)
  • Camel drivers. Pseudo-Oppian, "Cynegetica," fol. 53v (detail)
  • Sarah returning to Abraham. "Octateuch," fol. 65r (lower scene)
  • Descendants of the Sons of Noah. "Octateuch," fol. 60v (detail)
  • Destruction of the Tower of Babel and dispersion of the nations. "Octateuch," fol. 61v (detail)
  • Apostles teaching the nations. "Tetraevangelion," fol. 20v (detail)
  • Isaac and Rebecca before Abimelech. "Octateuch," fol. 47v (upper scene)
  • Moses and Aaron summoned before Pharaoh and his magicians. "Octateuch," vol. 82v (upper scene)
  • Joseph sold to Potiphar by the Ishmaelites. "Octateuch," fol. 59v (lower scene)
  • Sixth plague on Egypt: boils. "Octateuch," fol. 82r (upper scene)
  • Sarah is brought to Pharaoh; Pharaoh gives Sarah back to Abraham. "Octateuch," fol. 35r (two upper scenes)
  • Apostles teaching the nations. "Tetraevangelion," fol. 20r (detail)
  • Pentecost (detail)
  • Preaching of the Apostles. "Psalter," fol. 20r
  • Pentecost
  • Pentecost. Gregory of Nazianzus, "Homilies," fol. 28r (detail)
  • Pentecost
  • Satan's fall. "Tetraevangelion," fol. 131r (detail)
  • Chancellor Matthew of Ajello treating his gout in a black man's blood. Peter of Eboli, "Liber ad honorem augusti," fol. 127r
  • Alexander the Great on a throne carried by griffins. Details from a floor mosaic
  • Queen of Sheba and Solomon. Mosaic (details)
  • Queen of Sheba and Solomon. Mosaic (details)
  • Abba Moses swimming across the Nile. "Vitae Patrum," fol. 54v (detail)
  • Epsicopal throne supported by three atlantes
  • Epsicopal throne supported by three atlantes (detail)
  • Scenes from the life of Abba Moses. "Vitae Patrum," fol. 55r (detail)
  • Ethiopian cutting wood. Historiated initial. "Vitae Patrum," fol. 112v (detail)
  • Capital decorated with four heads, detail
  • Capital decorated with four heads
  • Capital decorated with four heads (detail): one black
  • Keystone representing an unidentified subject
  • Heads of Delilah, Samson, and a black carved under the abacus of a pillar
  • Combat between William of Orange and the giant Ysore (detail)
  • Nestor, Martyrdom of St. Thomas. "Menologion of Basil II," p.93
  • Land of the Indians. "Life of Barlaam and Joasaph," fol. 3r (detail)
  • Calendar month of December. "Psalter," fol. 5r
  • Gemini. Fragment of a carved zodiac
  • Meeting of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Stained glass window (detail)
  • Queen of Sheba between Balaam and Solomon
  • Crouching black man (detail of fig. 100)
  • Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (detail)
  • Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Black camel drivers in the cortege of the magi
  • Legend of St. Thomas
  • Legend of St. Thomas, detail: two crouching figures; one a wild man
  • Beginning of a genealogy of Christ
  • Beginning of a genealogy of Christ, detail: descendants of Ham
  • Resurrection of the dead
  • Resurrection of the dead, detail
  • Christ between two captives
  • Resurrection of the dead, detail: head of the black
  • Statue of St. Maurice
  • Statue of St. Maurice
  • Statue of St. Maurice
  • St. Maurice
  • Reliquary bust of St. Maurice
  • St. Maurice and a Benedictine pope
  • Coronation of the Virgin (detail); martyrs and confessors
  • St. Maurice
  • St. Maurice
  • Statue of St. Maurice
  • St. Maurice
  • St. Maurice
  • Statue of St. Maurice
  • Statue of St. Maurice standing against a pillar on the north side of the central nave
  • Silver statuette of St. Maurice
  • Virgin and Child between St. Maurice and St. Sebastian
  • St. Maurice (detail). Right wing of a carved triptych dated 1517
  • St. Maurice and St. Catherine. Detail of the central panel of a carved triptych dated 1498
  • St. Maurice. Detail of the left wing of a carved altarpiece
  • St. Maurice. Detail of the left wing of a carved altarpiece
  • Bust of St. Maurice
  • St. Maurice. Detail of the central panel of a carved altarpiece
  • St. Maurice
  • Statue of St. Maurice
  • Virgin and St. Maurice beneath the heraldic bearings of the city and the Black Heads
  • Statue of St. Maurice from the altarpiece of the old high altar
  • Scenes from the legend of St. Maurice
  • St. Maurice
  • Funerary monument of Archbishop Ernest of Saxony, detail: figures of St. Maurice and St. Stephen on the bishop's miter
  • Funerary monument of Archbishop Ernest of Saxony
  • Funerary monument of Archbishop Ernest of Saxony, detail: statue of St. Maurice on the base of the tomb
  • Altarpiece of the high altar, wings closed
  • St. Maurice, statue from a niche in the central panel of the altarpiece of the high altar
  • St. Maurice and St. George
  • St. Maurice
  • St. Maurice and his companions. "Missal" of Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg, fol.437v.
  • Reliquary statue of St. Maurice. "Heiltumsbuch," fol.227v.
  • St. Erasmus and St. Maurice
  • St. Erasmus and St. Maurice, detail
  • Three companions of St. Maurice. Interior of the first wing on the right of the altarpiece of the high altar, dated 1511
  • Statue of St. Maurice standing against a pillar in the nave
  • Plaque commemorating the dedication of the collegiate church at Halle by Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg
  • Statue of St. Maurice. From the façade of the town hall in Jüterbog
  • St. Maurice and his companions. Upper half of the right wing of a triptych
  • St. Maurice. Altarpiece fragment
  • St. Maurice and his companions. Left wing of the so-called Calenberger Altar
  • St. Maurice. Stationary wing of the so-called Rittelaltar
  • St. Maurice. Stationary wing of the so-called Rittelaltar
  • Covered ciborium topped with a bust of St. Maurice. "Heiltumsbuch," fol. 335v.
  • Drinking horn decorated with a statuette of St. Maurice. "Heiltumsbuch," fol. 291v.
  • Reliquary busts of Fidis and Maurice. Woodcuts from the "Heiltumsbuch" printed in 1520
  • Reliquary busts of Fidis and Maurice. Woodcuts from the "Heiltumsbuch" printed in 1520
  • Reliquary bust of Fidis. "Heiltumsbuch," fol. 376v.
  • Reliquary bust of St. Maurice. "Heiltumsbuch," fol. 228v.
  • Enameled glass goblet decorated with a figure of St. Maurice and the armorial bearings of the canons of Magdeburg
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