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Opening from ‘The Peterborough Psalter’

Indispensable as a scholarly, liturgical, and devotional text, the medieval Psalter was the most frequently and lavishly illustrated book of the Bible. With its elegant figures, delicately incised gold patterns, and painterly modelling of draperies and faces, this volume is a masterpiece of English Gothic painting. Like many of his contemporaries, the artist is anonymous, but the manuscript’s liturgical texts point to the Benedictine Abbey of Peterborough and the patronage of Abbot Robert de Lindesey (1214-22).