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AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A LARGE MINIATURE OF A BURIAL AND BAS-DE-PAGE IMAGE OF A VIGIL, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
TEXT FROM THE OPENING OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEAD
Northern France: , ca. 1500. Northern France, ca. 1500. Noteworthy for its artistry and arrangement, this unusual leaf opening the Office of the Dead provides the viewer with a pair of complementary scenes--a public burial and a private vigil--offering two different means of contemplation for the most somber section of the Book of Hours. Not only are the faces and figures beautifully realized here, but the space itself is also carefully constructed, utilizing familiar architectural forms and giving the viewer a real sense of what a Medieval burial/vigil would have looked like. Above the text is the larger miniature, depicting a group of tonsured and hooded monks performing the burial ritual, while two laymen lower a shrouded body into the ground. Below this miniature and the text is a secondary bas-de-page scene, cramped and crypt-like, with two completely hooded monks in dark robes sitting in front of a funerary casket, watching over the deceased before the funeral. The composition makes the most of this small space and stands in stark contrast to the open, green space of the courtyard above. In this way, the artist is inviting the viewer to enter the action and explore the different levels within it--both pictorially and spiritually--while providing a convincing backdrop for meditation.. 135 x 95 mm. (5 3/8 x 3 3/4"). Single column, 22 lines in a bâtarde hand. Rubrics in red, seven one-line initials in gold on red, blue, and brown grounds, one three-line initial painted red on blue ground with gold filigree, verso with border on one side, consisting of acanthus le … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [US]
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