Manuscript Leaf with Initial M, from a Missal, Tempera and gold on parchment, French

Manuscript Leaf with Initial M, from a Missal

ca. 1290
Made in Beauvais (?), France
Tempera and gold on parchment
Overall: 11 5/16 x 7 11/16 in. (28.7 x 19.5 cm)
Mat size: 21 7/8 x 15 15/16 in. (55.6 x 40.5 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Karen Gutmann, in memory of Harry Bober, 1992
Accession Number:
Not on view
With its marriage of elegant foliate decoration and refined lettering, this leaf from a missal is characteristic of Gothic manuscript illumination in northern France. The taut vines and letters are close to those on a number of manuscript leaves attributed to the city of Beauvais. The text comprises the special prayers for the feast of Saint John the Baptist (June 24): readings from Psalm 91 and the Books of Isaiah and Jeremiah, the Gradual, the Gloria, and the Alleluia.
Otto F. Ege ; [ H. P. Kraus, New York]; Harry Bober, New York; Karen Gutmann, New York (until 1992)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1992-1993." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 51, no. 2 (Fall 1993). p. 26.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 144, p. 123.