Hitda Codex

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The Hitda Codex is an eleventh-century codex containing an evangeliary, a selection of passages from the Gospels, commissioned by Hitda, abbess of Meschede in about 1020. It is conserved in the Hessische Landesbibliothek, Darmstadt, Germany.[1] Hitda is depicted in the book's dedication miniature presenting the codex to the convent's patron, St Walburga.

The illuminations are highlights of the Cologne school in the later phases of the Ottonian Renaissance. The Hitda Codex contains the only surviving Life of Christ cycle of illuminations produced in Cologne from this period.[2] The cycle's cultural context has been replicated by Henry Mayr-Harting.[3]



  1. ^ Hessische Landesbibliothek, MS 1640.
  2. ^ Noted by R. Schilling, reviewing the exhibition of Carolingian and Ottonian illuminated manuscripts at the Kunstmuseum Berne, in The Burlington Magazine, 92 No. 564 (March 1950:82.
  3. ^ Henry Mayr-Harting, Ottonian Book Illumination. Part One: Themes. Part Two: Books, sect. III, London, 1991.