The Theodore Psalter
Stoudios Monastery in Constantinople, 1066
Tempora and gold on vellum (208 fol.)
The psalter is named after its saint, the priest Theodore, who was born in the Cappadocian city of Caesarea and emigrated the capital, where he became a monk at the celebrated Stoudios Monastery. In 1066, he copied the Psalms and the Odes for the use of the monastery’s abbot, Michael. Theodore wrote in a flowing but formal hand. The gold initials, grand titles, and ornamented frames create an ambiance of luxury that speaks to the status enjoyed by the abbot of a powerful monastery - an ambience underscored by the portrayal of the abbot’s investiture by Christ, is modeled on an image often used to depict the divine foundation of imperial power.