|France: np, c. 1475|
A vellum leaf from a 15th-century French Book of Hours with a large miniature of the Crucifixion.
The miniature (on the verso) depicts Christ on the cross, mourned by Mary and John the Evangelist. The hillside (presumably Calvary) in shown with various shades of green with trees and rocks merging with a blue sky.The leaf is framed by a full acanthus leaf border featuring blues, golds, reds, and greens. With text above and below the miniature. The text below begins with a three-line decorative initial “D” marking the beginning of matins [Domine labia mea aperies et os meum annunciabit laudem tuam Deus in adjutorium meum intende; Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall tell forth thy praise. God, come to my assistance.]
The recto contains 27 lines of text with 5 single-line initials, 3 two-line initials, and two spacers in blue, red, and gold.
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Medium/Materials: vellum leaf|
|Dimensions: Size (approx.): Leaf = 18cm x 11cm; miniature = 8.5cm x 7cm.|
|Primary Classification: Books, Manuscripts, and Maps : Illuminated Manuscripts & Leaves : Illuminated Manuscripts|
|One leaf on vellum. A few abrasions with light loss to miniature and border. An detailed and colorful leaf with a strong image of a classic scene.|
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