This leaf was detached from a psalter (now in the Universitätsbibliothek, Innsbruck, Austria). Psalters contain the Book of Psalms, often supplemented with other devotional material. As is the case with many manuscript illuminations of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the artist’s name is not preserved. His style is characterized by a preference for red, blue, and green and by a delicate use of red paint to create shadow on the faces, necks, and hands. Here, the Virgin and child are seated upon a throne as the magi approach.
Marking: Pasted on the verso, a stamp bearing the imprint of the French customs: DOUANES DE PARIS (rest of stamp illegible)
Sale, Steinmeyer, Lucerne, 1921 (?); [Bernard d'Hendecourt, Paris]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from D'Hendecourt in about 1923
Sandra Hindman, Chicago, Mirella Levi D'Ancona, Pia Palladino, and Maria Francesca Saffiotti. "Illuminations." Robert Lehman Collection. IV, New York, 1997, p. 2-11, No. 1.
Artist: Giovanni Baronzio (Italian, active in Romagna and the Marches, second quarter 14th century)Date: ca. 1330–35Medium: Tempera on wood, gold ground, and silverAccession: 1975.1.103On view in:Gallery 952