Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: The Lamentation

Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: The Lamentation


Description: Fine 15th century leaf with miniature of The Lamentation. Book of Hours leaf featuring a miniature of the Lamentation. In the center of the image is Mary wearing a blue dress, with Christ in her arms. At Christ's feet is Mary Magdalene, holding the left hand of Christ. In the background is a city. Image surrounded by L-shaped bar in green, blue & mauve on a gold background. Beautiful, richly colored border surrounds the image painted in reds, blues, greens & gold featuring acanthus leaves, fruits, & two figures. Below miniature is 4-lines of text in brown ink with red rubrics. Large 3-line initial "D" in blue on gold background. Recto contains 9 lines of text with a 2-line initial "h" elaborately painted in blue on a gold background and a 1-line initial "D" in gold on a blue background. Recto contains marginal border of flowers and acanthus leaves. Northern France: c. 1460. Size: Leaf: 127 x 86 mm (5.0 x 3.3 inches). Miniature: 67 x 45 mm (2.6 x 1.8 inches). Closely cropped border. Tiny hole at bottom of border due to natural imperfection of parchment. A beautiful and colorful depiction of an important medieval theme.
Artist or Maker: [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT]
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