I need every bit of comfort I can get during these January days, so I tried to brighten the mood by looking at some manuscript pictures. I came along the following ones. The way in which Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are depicted is certainly not unique at all, but striking once you think about it:
Rather than as genuine authors listening to the divine whisper, why is each of them depicted as a copiist? I wonder where that comes from. It might be a precursor of some form of the 4 source hypothesis.
A nice detail is that Mark seems to have been caught sharpening his pen.
Anyone venture a guess from which Gospels manuscript these come?
Correction As Elijah pointed out correctly, Mark is the one at the bottom left, and Luke is sharpening his pen.