Scenes from the Life of Christ

Medieval Manuscripts
Scenes from the Life of Christ

Item Info

Item No: mca1300631
Additional Title: Scenes from the Life of Christ
Folio Number: f. 63r
Source: Rare Book Department

The miniatures in this Dutch book of hours were inserted into the Hours of the Cross at least twenty years after the manuscript was produced. They are inserted randomly within the text and do not mark the traditional divisions of the Hours of the Cross as is typical of miniatures in books of hours. The miniatures were painted by a member of a group of anonymous artists known collectively as the 'Masters of the Suffrages.' These artists were active in Leiden during the first decades of the sixteenth century.

This miniature represents a scene that does not occur in the Bible. Late medieval authors of devotional texts often invented scenes in the life of Christ to fill in perceived gaps left open in the scriptural accounts. According to some devotional texts, before his Passion Christ bid farewell to his mother as he left for Jerusalem. Sensing the danger that lies ahead for her son, the Virgin collapses as she begs him to stay behind. The episode underscores the maternal love of the Virgin and Christ's willingness to do his Father's will.

Notes: Christ Taking Leave of Mary
Notes: These leaves can be dated to ca. 1520.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1542269
Country: Country:Netherlands

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1525
Image Dimensions Width: 148 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 130
Creator Name: Masters of the Suffrages - Artist