c 1455-65 Exceptional Book of Hours Leaf - Throne of Grace


Original leaf from a medieval Book of Hours. 19 lines of ruled text are written in Latin with dark brown ink in on animal vellum. (193 x 148mm) 

One six-line illuminated initial in deep blue with delicate white penwork and a floral interior in blue, red, pink and green on a burnished gold ground all resting on a pink ground with white penwork surrounded by a burnished gold bar.          

Flanders (Bruges), c. 1455-65.

The miniature painting (90 x 73mm) depicts the Throne of Grace painted in the style of Willem Vrelant - one of Bruges' leading illuminators, with influence from the Gold Scrolls Master.

This representation of the Trinity originates from Hebrews 4:16 (Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace…). The scene is set in a room with arched ceilings, windows painted with liquid silver, and tile floor.  God the Father is shown seated on a throne; his arms outstretched supporting the Holy Cross. Upon the cross is the crucified body of God the Son – his bloody wounds evident. God the Holy Spirit is represented as a white dove hovering above the cross.  The painting and text is surrounded by a floral border in red, blue, green, pink and gold. Similar iconography Walters Art Museum  W.246,fol.9v; Getty Museum Ms. Ludwig IX 5, fol. 184

The illuminated “D” begins:  ''Domine deus...'' (Lord God, Almighty Father and Son and Holy Spirit...). 

Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat

  • Inventory# IM-10570