Manuscript Illumination with Scenes from the Life of Saint John the Baptist, Master of James IV of Scotland (probably Gerard Horenbout) (South Netherlandish, active ca. 1485–1530), Tempera, ink, and shell gold on parchment, South Netherlandish

Manuscript Illumination with Scenes from the Life of Saint John the Baptist

Artist:
Master of James IV of Scotland (probably Gerard Horenbout) (South Netherlandish, active ca. 1485–1530)
Date:
ca. 1515
Geography:
Made in Bruges, Netherlands
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Tempera, ink, and shell gold on parchment
Dimensions:
6 1/2 x 4 5/8in. (16.5 x 11.7cm)
Mat: 14 × 11 in. (35.6 × 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
Accession Number:
48.149.16
Not on view
This sophisticated image from a book of devotional prayers depicts John the Baptist seated in a landscape with his attribute, the lamb, and pointing to an open book. Scenes from the saint’s life surround the central image, beginning counterclockwise at upper left: the Baptism of Jesus, John the Baptist preaching, his imprisonment, the executioner placing his head on a platter, Herod’s feast, and the burning of John’s bones. The painter of this miniature created manuscripts for European royalty, including James IV, king of Scotland, and Queen Isabella of Spain. He may be identified as Gerard Horenbout, who became a master in the painters’ guild of Ghent in 1487.
George D. Pratt, Glen Cove, NY (until 1935)
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