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Manuscript Illumination with Crucifixion in an Initial T, from a Missal

Date:
ca. 1400
Geography:
Made in Avignon, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Tempera, ink and gold on parchment
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Marquand Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.140
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.
Sotheby's, London(May 21, 1928, no. 1)
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