Manuscript Leaf with the Holy Communion, from a Book of Hours
Made in Ghent-Bruges, Netherlands
Tempera, ink, and shell gold on parchment
6 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (15.6 x 12 cm)
Other (outer frame): 5 x 3 11/16 in. (12.7 x 9.3 cm)
Other (text frame): 3 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (9.4 x 7 cm)
Other (mat size): 12 × 10 in. (30.5 × 25.4 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Not on view
The rubric at the top tells us that the prayers that follow are to be said before and after Communion. Therefore, the artist portrayed a priest administering the sacrament to a man in a fur-trimmed cloak, presumably the owner of the manuscript. The man, whose family arms appear on the adjacent leaf, appears again in the margin, following the priest, choir, and acolytes in procession, probably representing the feast of Corpus Christi.
Michael Friedsam, New York
Neff, Amy. "Christianity." In Sacred Beauty: A Millennium of Religious Art, 600-1600. Knoxville: Frank H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, 2007. p. 15.