MINIATURE OF CHRIST CARRYING THE CROSS. Illuminated manuscript on vellum, [Probably Paris, c. 1420].

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MINIATURE OF CHRIST CARRYING THE CROSS.
Illuminated manuscript on vellum, [Probably Paris, c. 1420].

US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,600 - 2,400

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MINIATURE OF CHRIST CARRYING THE CROSS.
Illuminated manuscript on vellum, [Probably Paris, c. 1420]. Single leaf from a book of hours, gothic book hand, 210 x 146 mm, single column, recto with five lines of text, verso with 16 lines. Rubrics in red, verso with one two-line and four one-line initials in colors and burnished gold, recto with a one-line initial and two line fillers in the same style as well as a two-line "D" in blue and white with enclosed flowers, all on a burnished gold ground, the same side with a lovely full border of swirling hairline stems bearing numerous leaves and berries of burnished gold and with sprays of acanthus leaves, flowers, and fruit in multiple colors spilling from the corners, this border separated from the text by a thick bar frame of burnished gold, and, at center, a piteous miniature of Christ carrying the cross (approximately 65 x 65 mm), the sad procession led by the Savior, his head bleeding from the crown of thorns, looking back over his shoulder at his mother with three other women, three men in silly hats behind Christ appearing to enjoy what is happening, the scene with a walled and turreted Medieval city in the upper left beyond rolling green hills. With a small cross stitched in white thread in each upper corner. A little rumpling to fore edge, a couple of trivial border smudges, tiny flaking of paint from three of the women's faces.

From a fine Book of Hours, this leaf contains a scene alive with detail, from the reflection of red roofs in the river (or moat) that runs beside the crenelated walls in the background to the tufts of grass on the hillside and the clumps of trees in the middle distance.
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