Very fine original leaf from a large medieval manuscript Book of Hours. 19 lines of ruled text are written in Latin with dark brown ink in on animal vellum. (193 x 148 mm - 7.7 x 5.9").
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 Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) painted in the style of Willem Vrelant - one of Bruges' leading illuminators, with influence from the Gold Scrolls Master.
Christ wearing a red velvet robe is shown standing in a room with arched ceilings, windows painted with liquid silver, and tile floor. In his left hand is the open book of the gospels; at his feet a golden orb representing the earth. The painting and text is surrounded by a floral border in red, blue, green, pink and gold.
The illuminated ''O'' begins: ''O Domine...'' (O Jesus Christ, eternal Sweetness to those who love Thee, joy surpassing all joy and all desire, Salvation and Hope of all sinners, Who hast proved that Thou hast no greater desire than to be among men, even assuming human nature at the fullness of time for the love of men, recall all the sufferings Thou hast endured from the instant of Thy conception, and especially during Thy Passion, as it was decreed and ordained from all eternity in the Divine plan...).
Presented in an archival 14x11'' mat.