The Pontifical of Renaud de Bar

Office for Consecrating a Bishop

Texts and Images

Twelve unfinished miniatures, some inked or coloured by a later hand, illustrate the final part of the manuscript. The first miniature shows an archbishop receiving a newly elected bishop (fol. 103r), and the last one depicts the bishop receiving his crosier. In the last two quires (fols. 127-140), the original, elegant free-hand drawings by the Master of the Cambridge Pontifical of Renaud de Bar delineate all elements of the design, from facial features to the ornamental details of borders, initials and bas-de-page scenes.