|Country of Location:||
Country of LocationSwitzerland
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Library / CollectionStiftsbibliothek
ShelfmarkCod. Sang. 1365
Manuscript TitleThe private prayer book of St. Gall abbot Otmar Kunz
CaptionParchment · 110 pp. · 16 x 12 cm · commissioned by Abbot Otmar Kunz · 1574
Manuscript SummaryAbbot Otmar Kunz’s (1564−1577) small format prayer book, with several pages of rich decoration (flowers, vines, animals), was written and illustrated in 1574 by unknown artists. Especially noteworthy are two full page miniatures. On p. 4, Abbot Otmar Kunz, dressed in ceremonial regalia, kneels in a landscape with a city, hills and trees, above him is God with the terrestrial globe and with his hand raised in blessing. On p. 10, the St. Gall abbot, dressed in a simple monk’s habit, kneels with Mary and John beneath the Cross of Christ. The prayer book contains (from p. 11 on) the so-called 5 Passion Psalms (Ps 22, 31, 55, 69, 109). These are followed by the 15 Gradual Psalms, the vigil for the deceased, as well as the 7 Penitential Psalms with the Litany of the Saints. After the death of Abbot Otmar, a scribe with the initials FVF added a prayer (pp. 105−109); probably this was Brother Ulpianus Fischer from Überlingen, who joined the Abbey of St. Gall in 1583. In 1594, the former abbot’s prayer book belonged to St. Gall monk Georg Spengler († 1609), who was born in Wil. In 1599 the manuscript received its current binding with blind stamp decoration.
Standard descriptionScherrer Gustav, Verzeichniss der Handschriften der Stiftsbibliothek von St. Gallen, Halle 1875, S. 452.
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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier):||
DOI (Digital Object Identifier10.5076/e-codices-csg-1365 (http://dx.doi.org/10.5076/e-codices-csg-1365)
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IIIF Manifest URLhttp://e-codices.ch/metadata/iiif/csg-1365/manifest.json
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How to quoteSt. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1365: The private prayer book of St. Gall abbot Otmar Kunz (http://e-codices.ch/en/list/one/csg/1365).
Additional literatureAdditional literature – St. Galler Bibliotheksnetz (SGBN) - Verbundkatalog
DecorationFigurative, Full Page, Fully Painted, Gold / Silver, Initial, Margin, Ornamental, Penwork
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