Utrecht Psalter

Documentary heritage submitted by the Netherlands and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2015.

© Utrecht University Library
Utrecht Psalter, Utrecht University Library, Ms 32, fol. 59r, Ps 102.

Unique illuminated manuscripts the production of the Utrecht Psalter was a defining moment in Carolingian culture on several accounts. It forms a crucial link between Late Roman art and its Carolingian 'translation'. Compared with earlier extant manuscripts, the rich palette of motifs displayed in the Utrecht Psalter is overwhelming. The illustrations reflect the violence and warfare of their own time, but are also meant for moral instruction.

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