Manuscript Illumination with Crucifixion in an Initial T, from a Missal
Made in Avignon, France
Tempera, ink and gold on parchment
Overall: 3 7/16 x 3 9/16 in. (8.8 x 9 cm)
Study mat size: 8 15/16 x 7 1/16 in. (22.7 x 17.9 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Marquand Fund, 1928
Not on view
The use of shades of grey lends both a sculptural and a mournful quality to the figures of Jesus on the cross, the Virgin Mary, and Saint John. While the painting reflects Parisian taste around 1400, the lettering on the hidden reverse corresponds to Italian manuscripts. The southern French city of Avignon was an artistic center where a French illuminator and an Italian scribe may have collaborated.
Edward George Spencer-Churchill, Northwick Park (by 1926–sold 1928); Northwick collection sale, Sotheby's, London (May 21, 1928, no. 1)
Catalogue of Superb Illuminations from the Collection of the Late John, Lord Northwick (the Second and Final Portion), the Property of a Gentleman [...]. London: Sotheby & Co., May 21, 1928. no. 1, p. 3, ill.