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Initial A with the Battle of the Maccabees

Date:
ca. 1360–70
Geography:
Made in probably Bologna, Italy
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment
Dimensions:
8 1/16 x 5 15/16 in. (20.4 x 15.1 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1923
Accession Number:
23.21.4
Not on view
Medieval Christians considered the Maccabees, who regained the Temple in Jerusalem for Jewish worship, as early models for the Christian Crusaders, fighting to recapture the Holy City from Muslim control. This page illustrates a text that would have been sung during worship in a monastery. The Maccabees, dressed as medieval knights and carrying a banner marked "M," triumphantly rout the Greek army from the city.
Karl W. Hiersemann, Leipzig (until 1921); Bashford Dean, Riverdale-on-Hudson (1921–23)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven," September 26, 2016–January 8, 2017.

Boehm, Barbara Drake. "Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 66, no. 3 (Winter 2009). p. 42, fig. 52, p. 42, fig. 52.



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