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Manuscript Leaf with the Last Judgment, from a Book of Hours

Date:
ca. 1400
Geography:
Made in Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Tempera and gold on parchment
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 3/4 x 2 1/2in. (9.5 x 6.3cm) Study mat size: 8 9/16 x 7 1/16 in. (21.8 x 18 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Gift of Max Falk, in honor of William D. Wixom, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.179
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    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)

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