Illuminated Manuscript: Decorated Leaf with Crucifixion Scene Miniature

Illuminated Manuscript: Decorated Leaf with Crucifixion Scene Miniature


Description: Crucifixion Scene from a French Book of Hours (c. 1470). Beautiful miniature from a French Book of Hours circa 1470 painted on vellum. Recto: The scene depicts the Crucifixion with Mary and Mary Magdalen mourning beside the cross. To the right of the central figure, an army watches on, led by a captain on horseback. Before the leader lays a skull and bones. The clothing of the principle figures (except Christ) is especially brilliant textured in gold. In addition to gold, the artist used primarily a blue, red, green, and white palette. The border surrounding the miniature is a magnificent full border containing two drolleries amidst rich foliage of blue and red flowers, green leaves, and blue and gold acanthus leaves. Contains 8 lines of text with a 4-line initial "D" painted in gold on a mauve background. 2 additional single-line initials painted in blue, red & burnished gold. Verso: 16 lines of text written in brown ink with red rubrics. 2 2-line initials and 3 1-line initials in red, blue and burnished gold. Partial border containing a bird surrounded by thistles, green & gold leaves and blue & gold acanthus leaves. From the Hours of the Holy Cross. Size: 133 x 93 mm (approx. 5.3 x 3.7 inches) Miniature: 47x 36 mm The text in Latin: Domine labia mea aperies. Et os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam. Deus in adiutorium meum intende. Domine ad adiuvandum me festina. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat...Patris sapientia, veritas divina, Deus homo captus est hora matutina: A notis discipulis cito derelictus: English translation: Thou O Lord wilt open my lips. And my mouth shall declare Thy praise. Incline unto my aid O God. O Lord make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit... The wisdom of the Father, and truth divine beside, God and man surprised was even at the morning tide: His known disciples left Him for to follow more...
Artist or Maker: [illuminated Manuscript]
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