LUMINOUS VELLUM LEAF IN LATIN FROM A LATE 15TH CENTURY BOOK OF HOURS FEATURING A LARGE MINIATURE OF THE CRUCIFIXION.
The miniature (on the verso) depicts Christ on the cross mourned by Mary to his right (in blue) and John the Evangelist to his left (in gold).
In the background is a nature scene (presumably Calvary) of grass, trees, hills and a blue sky.
The leaf is framed by a lavish gold border with elegantly swirling acanthus leaves in blues, reds, greens, and whites.
The 6 lines of text below the miniature begin with a magnificent 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.]
Recto contains 9 lines of text and two line spacers with a 2-line initial "E" elaborately painted in gold on a pink and blue background. Red rubric on the bottom of the page indicating the end of the Hours of the Virgin section of the Book of Hours. Recto contains marginal border on right side of flowers and acanthus leaves.
In a traditional Book of Hours, the miniature of the crucifixion opened the section of The Hours of the Cross, which tells of Christ’s Passion. This leaf presents the final page of the Hours of the Virgin (recto) and the beginning of the Hours of the Cross (Verso).
Size (approx.): Leaf = 14.9 cm x 11.2 cm; miniature = 8.4 cm x 7.4 cm.
Likely France, c.1480. Small hole on the bottom left border/ margin that may be due to a natural imperfection in the parchment. Some fading to the INRI on top of the cross. Old tape residue on (blank) left corners of recto from previous matting. A beautiful and colorful depiction of an important medieval theme. Housed in custom archival presentation folder.
Price: $3,200 .