6 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (15.8 x 10.8cm)
Miniature: 2 15/16 x 2 15/16 in. (7.5 x 7.4cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The anonymous artist who painted this miniature was greatly influenced by the French painter and illuminator Jean Fouquet. This leaf belonged to a lavishly illustrated book of hours from which thirty-one other detached leaves survive. The group is distinguished by the use of illusionistically painted architectural frames surrounding a central scene—in this case, Saint Anthony seated in a landscape. Particularly noteworthy are the beautifully preserved liquid-gold highlights on the saint’s garments and walking stick.
Inscription: On the recto: "ram lumen cecorum auditus...postulaverimus suis meritis et i-"
On the verso: "tercessione...dominum nostrum"; below the miniature the Suffrage to Saint Anthony begins with the rubric "De santo anthonio" and continues with "Anthoni pastor melite."
[Les Frères Kalebdjian, Paris (no. H-1b)]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Kalebdjian in 1924.
Sandra Hindman, Chicago, Mirella Levi D'Ancona, Pia Palladino, and Maria Francesca Saffiotti. "Illuminations." Robert Lehman Collection. IV, New York, 1997.