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Saint Anthony

France , Provence (?)
ca. 1480–85
French, probably Provence
Tempera and liquid gold on parchment
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
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
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.

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