Item No: mcai440121
Additional Title: Die Vierundzwanzig Alten oder Der goldene Thron (The Twenty-Four Elders or the Golden Throne)
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The Fifth Elder
This cutting can be dated to ca. 1450.
This miniature illustrates Otto von Passau's Twenty-Four Elders, a fourteenth-century treatise developed around the Book of Revelation 4:4, in which each of the elders discourses on an aspect of Christian life, such as Seeking God, Grace, and Penance. The Free Library's miniature depicts the fifth elder, who spoke on Conscience. The passage from Revelation describes the elders as wearing crowns of gold and white garments. The artist of this manuscript, however, dressed the elders in bright colors, as we can see in this miniature and in twelve sister leaves, which are housed in various European libraries.
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Lewis E M 44:12
Otto von Passau - Author