Nov 12, 2009

Single Leaf from a Missal: The Crucifixion

Single Leaf from a Missal: The Crucifixion

c. 1480

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 22.9 x 15.9 cm (9 x 6 1/4 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1949.205



In addition to the Virgin and St. John, this image includes a kneeling bishop (probably the donor of the manuscript) and a kneeling Carthusian monk along the lower right-hand edge. The manuscript may have been commissioned by this unknown bishop-donor and given to a Carthusian monastery with which he had some connection. Bishops frequently donated manuscripts to ecclesiastical foundations during the Middle Ages.

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