Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours

BOOK OF HOURS   |   ILLUMINATED LEAF

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"MAKE HASTE, O GOD, TO DELIVER ME": EXCEPTIONAL ILLUMINATED LEAF FROM A LATE 15TH-CENTURY FRENCH BOOK OF HOURS, FEATURING A BEAUTIFUL HAND-COLORED IMAGE OF THE VISITATION

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Likely France, circa 1470. Single vellum leaf (4 by 5-1/2 inches), illuminated in gold, black, white, gray, red, pink, green, blue, and brown inks; matted and window framed, entire piece measures 10 by 13 inches.

Lovely illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, a beautiful hand-colored image depicting the Visitation, with four lines of Latin text from the Hours of the Virgin in Gothic script, a three-line initial, a one-line initial, and a line extender, beautifully bordered with flowers, berries, and acanthus leaves.

This beautiful illuminated miniature is from a Book of Hours from the late 15th-century, likely France. The Latin Gothic text is from the Hours of the Virgin and includes the first verse of Psalm 69. The miniature depicts the Visitation. The meeting between the Virgin and her older cousin, Elizabeth, is carefully depicted.The Virgin Mary is shown in her traditional blue robe, her belly swollen beneath a gold dress. Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist, is shown reaching out to Mary as Mary reaches toward Elizabeth's stomach, each drawing attention toward the other's unborn holy progeny. Saint Elizabeth is here depicted in a blue-gray gown with a gold robe. Also present is an angel attendant, further reinforcing the idea of Mary as Mother of God. The scenery is fully realized, with a castle in the background. The scene is framed with a simple gold arch. The border is rendered against a partially gilt ground and features flowers, berries, and acanthus leaves. The recto has four lines of Gothic text in script as well as a large three-line "D" in blue, white, and red filigree on a burnished gold ground. There is also a single-line "D" initial in gilt on a blue, red, and white filigree ground. The verso features 17 lines of similar script, five one-line gilt initials on filigree grounds and six line extenders in the same style.

Very nearly fine condition. Framed with acrylic, shatter resistant, 99% UV protective artificial glass.

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