Manuscript Leaf with the Crucifixion in an Initial D, from a Book of Hours
Made in North France
Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment
Overall: 8 3/16 x 6 1/2 in. (20.8 x 16.5 cm)
Study mat size: 12 x 9 15/16 in. (30.5 x 25.3 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1939
Not on view
The Crucifixion serves as a kind of bookmark at the beginning of the Hours of the Cross, which tell of Christ’s Passion. This cycle of Latin prayers is to be said privately at seven different periods during the day. The winged creatures with human heads inject a note of bizarre humor to the sobering scene of Jesus’ death.
[ Julius Hess(sold 1939)]
Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. Medieval Images: a Glimpse into the Symbolism and Reality of the Middle Ages. Katonah: Katonah Museum of Art, 1978. no. 30, pp. 11, 20.