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Leaf from a Missal: The Crucifixion (Frontispiece for the Canon of the Mass), c. 1440-1450

ink, tempera, and gold on vellum, Sheet: 33.60 x 25.50 cm (13 3/16 x 10 inches); Framed: 63.50 x 48.26 cm (25 x 19 inches); Matted: 55.85 x 40.64 cm (21 15/16 x 16 inches). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1959.254

This splendid crucifixion scene originally served as the canon illustration in a liturgical missal. The open landscape is remarkable since it is not found in Dutch missals before the end of the 1500s. The large number of figures at the foot of the cross is also exceptional. The composition is thought to have been copied from a painting by Jan van Eyck, now lost. The painter of this miniature derives his name from the illuminations in the Old Testament commentary of Nicholas of Lyra, which Otto van Moerdrecht, canon of Utrecht Cathedral, gave to the nearby Carthusian monastery of Nieuwlicht in 1424. The style is found in several manuscripts traced to various towns in the North Netherlands. Recent scholarship points to a group of artists working in the same style in locations such as Guelders, Utrecht, and elsewhere, as opposed to one artist who moved from place to place.

Oberlin, Ohio, Dudley P. Allen Memorial Art Museum, April 22 - May 15, 1960 "Netherlandish Book Illustrations, AMAM Bulletin XVII (Spring, 1960), cat. no. 21, repr. pl. 6.
CMA, August 6 - September 15, 1963: "Gothic Art 1360-1440," CMA Bulletin 50 (September, 1963), cat. no. 56, p. 209, repr. p. 196.
Utrecht, Netherlands, Rijksmuseum het Catharijneconvent, December 8, 1989 - February 11, 1990: "The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting," catalogue
Also to: New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, March 1 - May 6, 1990
CMA, 1996: "Landscape in Detail," September 10-November 3, 1996, no catalogue
The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/10/2004 - 10/02/2005); "Illuminated Manuscripts"
Bavarian Nationalmuseum, Munich (5/10/2007 - 9/16/2007), the J. Paul Getty Musuem, Los Angeles (10/30/2007 - 1/20/2008) and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (2/13/2009 - 6/7/2009): "Sacred Gifts and Worldly Treasures: Medieval Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art"

Cleveland Museum of Art, (11/06/2010 - 04/17/2011); "The Glory Of the Painted Page: Manuscript Illuminations from the Permanent Collections"

Main Gallery Rotation (gallery 115): December 16, 2013 - December 8, 2014.

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