Manuscript Leaf with the Last Judgment, from a Book of Hours
Made in Paris, France
Tempera and gold on parchment
3 3/4 x 2 1/2in. (9.5 x 6.3cm)
Mat: 8 5/8 × 7 1/8 in. (21.9 × 18.1 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Gift of Max Falk, in honor of William D. Wixom, 1998
Not on view
This miniature from a Book of Hours illustrated a section of special prayers in French known as the "sept requêtes à nostre Seigneur" (seven requests of our Lord). With its tessellated ground of red, blue, and gold, its figures set in a shallow landscape, and the preciousness of its execution, the miniature typifies Parisian manuscript painting of about 1400. Two angels herald the Last Judgment, while Christ, seated on a rainbow, extends his hands toward the dead. People from all walks of life—men, women, a crowned king, and a pope—emerge from their earthly tombs and raise their hands to him in supplication. Imploring Christ on their behalf are the Virgin, one breast bared, and Saint John the Baptist (?), posed at left and right respectively.
Daniel Burckhardt-Wildt (1759–1819), Basel; Burckhardt Family, by descent; [ Sotheby's, London]; [ Edward R. Lubin, Works of Art, New York]; Max Falk, New York (until 1998)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece," January 25–April 24, 2016.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1998-1999." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 57, no. 2 (Fall 1999). p. 19.
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 206, pp. 169–70.