|Stunning leaf from a northern French Book of Hours depicting the circumcision of Christ, late 15th century.|
This unusual scene is painted on vellum, three-quarter page arch topped. The illuminator generously painted the scene creating rich blues, reds, pinks, greens, and gold. Elaborate decorated borders include acanthus leaves and bright flowers in reds, blues, greens, yellows, pinks, and gold. The miniature is quite large and compelling, created with superb artistry.
Minor staining to lower border. Also note that the verso of the leaf is blank.
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Dimensions: Size: 180 x 125 mm (approx. 7.0 x 5.0 inches); Miniature: 110 x 60 mm|
|Primary Classification: Antique Books, Manuscripts, and Maps : Illuminated Manuscripts & Leaves : Illuminated Manuscripts|
|The Feast of the Circumcision of Christ was traditionally celebrated on January 1. According to Jewish tradition, the circumcision is performed on the 8th day of life; thus, given a December 25th birthday, Christ's circumcision would have occurred on January 1. The adaptation of the festival of the Circumcision as the New Year did not occur until the 16th century when Pope Gregory XIII shifted the calendar from the old Julian calendar to the new Gregorian calendar. Prior to the adaptation of the January 1 date, regions and countries celebrated the New Year on different dates; however, March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, was a common date for many European countries. While most Christians today do not knowingly celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision, in fact, much of the world (Christian and non-Christian) inadvertently celebrates through New Year's festivities.|
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