Manuscript Leaf with Initial M, from a Missal

Date: ca. 1290

Geography: Made in Beauvais (?), France

Culture: French

Medium: Tempera and gold on parchment

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Karen Gutmann, in memory of Harry Bober, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.238


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.