Woodcut of St Matthew the Evangelist. The British Museum (Add MS 24376, f. 292r). Image: The British Museum
Yet there’s one more twist to the tale of this manuscript. At the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew, there is a miniature not of Matthew, but of the Annunciation. At some point, an owner must have noticed this and inserted a picture of Matthew to make up the loss, as f 292r consists of a woodcut on paper, inserted at a late stage. Where, when, and why this happened, however, remains unknown.
A short history of The British Library’s Add MS 24376, Four Gospels in Greek.