c 1500 Book of Hours Leaf - Mark Writing Gospel


Original leaf from a French medieval illuminated manuscript Book of Hours. 13 lines of hand-ruled text written in Latin with dark brown ink in fine lettre bâtarde script on animal vellum with rubrics in red. One two-line illuminated initial in blue and red on burnished gold ground. The text, recto, is surrounded by an intricate floral border in red, blue, green on a liquid gold ground. One six-line miniature painting of St. Mark writing his Gospel.                                                                                                                                      

Origin:  Paris, France circa 1500.

Size:  110 x 75mm – 4.25 x 2.9 inches, from a diminutive manuscript likely written for a lady.                            

The miniature painting depicts St. Mark wearing red robes gold seated, pen in his right hand as he writes his Gospel.  His attribute, a lion, is seated next to him. The night sky with bright gold stars is evident in the background.

The text next to the miniature begins the Fourth Gospel Lesson – Mark 16: 14-16 “In illo tempore recumbentibus…” (And at that time he appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned).

Provenance:   ex-collection of Brooklyn Museum of Art, acquired in 1919.  Deaccessioned and sold to support the museum collection.

Nice antiquarian condition, excellent content

Shipped unmatted

  • Inventory# IM-13150