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CENTRAL EUROPE: Manuscript, 1400. CONDITION: PERFECTLY PRESERVED. illuminated headletter "Quo Vadis?" From a XV century Latin Choral Cut with an head-letter on vellum ((163x167 mm), from a German choir-book, Rhine XV century. WONDERFUL INITIAL S (163x167 mm) FOR THE FEAST OF SAN PIETRO CENTRAL EUROPE, PROBABLY RHINE, LATE XV CENTURY THE TEXT ON THE BACK INCLUDES THE BEGINNING OF THE SONG: "[Tu es] Petrus et super [hanc petram. aedificabo ecclesiam meam ...] The miniature illustrates a rare scene taken from the Apocryphal Gospels (The Apocryphal Gospels are a heterogeneous group of religious texts that refer to the figure of Jesus Christ and which over time have been excluded from the canon of the Christian Bible.) The story tells of St. Peter who escapes from Rome where the Romans, pagans, wanted to kill him. During his escape Peter meets the risen Jesus Christ and, amazed, asks him in Latin lord where are you going? "Domine quo vadis?" Jesus, who carries a cross, replies "I'm going to Rome", meaning to be crucified and die. Peter understands the message of Jesus Christ, repents, retraces his steps and comes back to Rome where he will be killed, asking to be crucified upside down, not deserving the same end as our Lord. Finding this scene in a miniature of the time is very rare, as images or stories from the Gospels officially approved by the Church are often preferred. Find a miniature showing a scene taken from one of the apocryphal and, indeed, very rare gospels. This miniature then has another extremely rare trait. To answer the question of Pietro: "Domine quo vadis?" ( … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
Vendeur: Bibliofind Rare Books (bibliofind) [Milano, Italy]
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