Jesus Entering the Temple in a Letter D, ca. 1408–11
From a gradual created for the Camaldolese monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence
Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni) (Italian, Florentine, documented 1391–1423/24)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of leadpoint, on vellum; 12 x 9 1/5 in. (30.5 x 24.1 cm)
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1999 (1999.391)
Filling the letter D, which begins the Mass for Palm Sunday, Christ and the apostles are about to enter the Temple of Jerusalem, preceded by a crowd of children crying "Hosanna to the Son of David." Several indistinct forms lightly sketched in the second bay of the temple may have been intended to represent the blind and lame healed by Christ, as detailed in the Gospel of Matthew.