Apr 19, 2010

Miniature Excised from a Psalter: The Nativity

Miniature Excised from a Psalter: The Nativity

c. 1270

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 9.5 x 12.2 cm (3 3/4 x 4 13/16 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1924.427



This miniature survives with other fragments from a psalter preserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It has been suggested that the manuscript may have been made for Queen Eleanor of Provence who became a nun of Amesbury in England following the death of her husband, King Henry III. The style and high quality of this miniature supports its association with a deluxe manuscript psalter made for a high-ranking patron.

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