Prayer book

Medieval Manuscripts
Prayer book

Item Info

Item No: mca1740022
Additional Title: Prayer book
Script: Hybrida
Language: Dutch
Folio Number: f. 2v
Source: Rare Book Department

This miniature decorates a Dutch translation of the One Hundred Articles on the Lord's Passion, written by the German mystic Henry Suso (ca. 1300-1366), whose devotional literature was especially popular among nuns. This scene is appropriate to the theme of the prayer, as Christ's Agony in the Garden marks the start of his Passion.

The naïve style of the image, the doll-like faces of the figures, the flattened forms, and the disparities of scale are typical of devotional artworks made by nuns and have therefore come to be called Nonnenarbeiten, the German word for "nuns' work".

Notes: Agony in the Garden
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1609076
Country: Country:Netherlands
Cardinal Point:southern

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1499
Image Dimensions Width: 142 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 174