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AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH AN EXCELLENT MINIATURE OF SAINT LUKE, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
TEXT FROM THE GOSPEL SEQUENCES
Central or Northern France, probably Bourges, early, 1500. Hardcover. 184 x 127 mm (7 1/4 x 5"). Single column, 12 lines of text on the side with the miniature, 23 lines on the other side, in a fine, large bâtarde hand. Rubrics in red, two small initials and one pretty three-line "I" in colors and brushed gold, the latter in pink and white and accented by a long-stemmed red rose, the same side WITH A RICHLY DETAILED MINIATURE OF SAINT LUKE (measuring 64 x 92 mm.) at his desk in a comfortably furnished room, writing the Gospel under the watchful gaze of his bull, shown here with spread red wings, the miniature with five lines of text above and seven below, and both the text and the miniature with their own thin gilt frame. The illuminated initial on the plainer side partly obscured (by the remnant of mounting tissue?), a touch of wrinkling to left and right edges, other trivial imperfections, but still IN FINE CONDITION, the paint especially rich, and the vellum fresh, clean, and bright. From the same large, fine Book of Hours as the previous item, this leaf presents us with an uncommon design, the miniature being flanked by text above and below, rather than enclosed by a decorative border. Here we see Luke at the center of the room, sitting at his writing desk wearing a blue robe from beneath which peek unexpectedly bright red socks (which not only serve to keep the saint's feet warm, but also add a balanced splash of bright color opposite the bull's magnificent wings). Behind the Evangelist and to the right is a window through which we glimpse green trees and blue … [Click Below for Full Description]
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