10 13/16 x 7 1/4 in. (27.4 x 18.4cm) Miniature: 6 1/8 x 4 7/8 in. (15.6 x 12.4cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This leaf probably comes from an Epistolary-Evangelary, a type of book (sometimes in two volumes) that gives both the Gospel and Epistle readings for each feast of the liturgical year. The illuminator, whose name is not known, is believed to have worked in Bruges in the last quarter of the fifteenth century. His talent for narrative illustration is evident in the expansive outdoor setting and the careful placement of animated figures. The elegant border decoration, filled with illusionistically painted flora and fauna, is typical of Netherlandish illumination of this period.
Inscription: Recto: "Dominica prima in adventu[m] d[omi]ni/ Sequentia s[an]cti ev[a]ngelii s[ancti] matheu[m]," followed by a four-line gold acanthus initial "I" on a blue acanthus ground that begins the lesson for the first Sunday in Advent (Matthew 21:1-9): "In illo tempore cum appropinquasset ihesus...,"
Marking: Annotated on the verso at center bottom in pencil: 60 (circled)
Adalbert von Lanna (1836-1909; Lugt 1659, 1660, 2773), Prague (Lanna sale 1911, lot 32, ill. [as Flemish, second half of the fifteenth century]); [C.G. Boerner, Leipzig] (sale, 28 November 1912, lot 51, color, ill. [as Flemish, second half of the fifteenth century]); Édouard Kann, Paris; [Wildenstein and Co., New York]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from WIldenstein in March 1927.
Sandra Hindman, Chicago, Mirella Levi D'Ancona, Pia Palladino, and Maria Francesca Saffiotti. "Illuminations." Robert Lehman Collection. IV, New York, 1997.