Illuminated Manuscript: Flight into Egypt from a 15th Century Book of Hours

Illuminated Manuscript: Flight into Egypt from a 15th Century Book of Hours


Description: The Flight into Egypt from a 15th century (c. 1450) French Book of Hours. Leaf features Mary, seated upon a donkey, carrying the infant Jesus. She wears a deep blue robe. Joseph leads the group on foot. Following Mary and Jesus is a woman wearing a pink dress and carrying a basket on her head. The travelers traverse a landscape of green grass and large boulders. Behind them are hills and a town. The sun shines directly above Mary's head contributing to the luminosity of her golden halo. Surrounding the miniature on all sides is a lovely ornate border of red, blue, yellow & white flowers, green leaves, and blue & gold acanthus leaves. Below the image are three lines of text written in a dark brown ink with red rubrics. A large 3-line initial ?D? opens the text painted in blue on a gold background with an embedded floral theme. The text reads " Deus in adiutorium meum intende" (O, God, come to my assistance), which is the first line of Psalm 69. Back of leaf contains 8 lines of text in dark brown and red. Slight smudging to upper margin. A lovely depiction of this scene. Size: 113 x 85 mm (approx. 4.5 x 3.3 inches) Miniature: 56 x 45 mm
Artist or Maker: [Illuminated Manuscript]
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