Mark's portrait

Mark’s portrait is the only fi gure of an Evangelist left in a Greek codex of the gospels prior to X century, as palaeographer G. Cavallo, pointed out. The evangelist sitting, leans forward, his gaze being fi xed on his right hand which rests on a large roll open on his knee and with the title of his Gospel: Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, son of God.

In front of him a female fi gure, wrapped in a blue gown, probably, Saint Sophie, (Wisdom) seems to dictate what she must write.