Date: ca. 1400
Geography: Made in Paris, France
Medium: Tempera and gold on parchment
Dimensions: 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)
Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line: Gift of Max Falk, in honor of William D. Wixom, 1998
Accession Number: 1998.179
Flying above the hills in a sky with a tessellated ground of red, blue, and gold, two angels herald the Last Judgment. Christ, seated on a double rainbow, extends his hands toward the souls of the dead, who emerge from their earthly tombs and raise their hands to him in supplication. They represent people from all walks of life—men, women, a crowned king, and a pope. Imploring Christ on their behalf are the Virgin at the left, one breast bared, and Saint John at the right.
This miniature comes from a Book of Hours, which was used by its owner during private prayers throughout the day.