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Bruges, ca. 1460. n. The smaller size of these miniatures does not necessarily decrease their impact. Both are quite detailed, but the mood of each is very different. Mary Magdalene stands alone in a meadow, the picture of tranquillity, with a curving river, distant hills, and forests in the background. Her hair flows long and free over her gold-embroidered blue cloak, and she carries a golden jar of the scented unguent with which she had gone to anoint Christ's body, only to find him risen from the dead. Saint Catherine, on the other hand, looks more like a warrior queen than a virgin martyr. She is a regal figure in robes of gold, ermine, and red beneath a blue cloak, a crown linked with her nimbus. She stands defiantly before the spiked wheel that failed to kill her, and her nemesis Emperor Maxentius grovels at her feet as she grips the sword used to behead her as if she will raise it to exact justice. Though she stands outdoors with hills and trees in the distance, there is a gold-embroidered red backdrop with a stylized sky above. Catherine was a much-revered Medieval saint and was believed to be a powerful intercessor, which perhaps accounts for her martial aspect here as she prepares to fight on behalf of those who implore her.. 218 x 152 mm. (8 5/8 x 6"). Single column, 21 lines in a formal gothic book hand. Rubrics in red, one line filler in pink and blue accented with a gold dot, four two- or three-line initials in burnished gold on a blue and pink ground with white tracery, recto with a small (approximately 60 x 40 mm.) ARCH-TOPPED MINIATURE OF MARY MAGDALENE holding a golden jar of unguent, VERSO WITH A SIMILAR MINIATURE OF SAINT CATHERINE with her wheel, the miniatures both outlined in burnished gold, BOTH SIDES WITH ANIMATED FULL FLORAL BORDER filled with blue and gold acanthus, sprays of flowers and fruit, and many tiny gold bezants. One upper corner repaired, with slight fading just to tip of one border, tiny abrasion to background of one initial, a couple of faint smudges, otherwise an excellent leaf, generally clean and smooth with ample margins, vivid colors, and bright gold. The smaller size of these miniatures does not necessarily decrease their impact. Both are quite detailed, but the mood of each is very different. Mary Magdalene stands alone in a meadow, the picture of tranquillity, with a curving river, distant hills, and forests in the background. Her hair flows long and free over her gold-embroidered blue cloak, and she carries a golden jar of the scented unguent with which she had gone to anoint Christ's body, only to find him risen from the dead. Saint Catherine, on the other hand, looks more like a warrior queen than a virgin martyr. She is a regal figure in robes of gold, ermine, and red beneath a blue cloak, a crown linked with her nimbus. She stands defiantly before the spiked wheel that failed to kill her, and her nemesis Emperor Maxentius grovels at her feet as she grips the sword used to behead her as if she will raise it to exact justice. Though she stands outdoors with hills and trees in the distance, there is a gold-embroidered red backdrop with a stylized sky above. Catherine was a much-revered Medieval saint and was believed to be a powerful intercessor, which perhaps accounts for her martial aspect here as she prepares to fight on behalf of those who implore her.
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