Miniature from a Speculum Historiale: Claudius Designates Nero as His Successor

Miniature from a Speculum Historiale: Claudius Designates Nero as His Successor

1447-60

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 12.9 x 9.7 cm (5 1/16 x 3 13/16 in.); Framed: 44.5 x 34.3 cm (17 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 30.5 cm (16 x 12 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1987.4

Description

This miniature came from a sumptuous copy of the Speculum Historiale written by the 13th-century Dominican friar Vincent de Beauvais. It covers a history of the world from Adam down to Vincent’s time. The original work remained much in demand and numerous copies were produced after Vincent’s lifetime. This miniature belonged to a deluxe copy made for René d’Anjou (1409–1480), titular king of Jerusalem and a major patron of art and books.

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