MS M.399, fol. 285v

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Da Costa hours
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)

Ghent, Belgium
ca. 1515
172 x 125 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910

MS M.399, fol. 285v

Stephen Protomartyr: Stoning—Two men standing beside a basket of stones throw stones at a nimbed and tonsured Stephen Protomartyr, who is wearing deacon's vestments. He is kneeling with his joined hands raised. A stone is on his head, and he is bleeding. Above, God, wearing a triple-crowned tiara, appears in an arc of heaven. He sends rays of light toward Stephen. In the background, within a landscape, a man is seated on the ground mending a cloak.

The scene is framed by a decorative border.


Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.