MS G.55 fol. 24r

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Hours of Pierre de Bosredont

France, Langres
ca. 1465
157 x 113 mm

Gift of the Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984

MS G.55 fol. 24r

Christ: Crucifixion, Nailed to Cross —— Christ, wearing a short loincloth and a crown of thorns with rays as a nimbus, lies on a tau cross. His hands, which are affixed to the cross, are bleeding from the wounds. One torturer hammers a nail into His feet; and another holds the end of the rope binding His legs. In the foreground is a basin with a sponge(?). Standing at the right are two men, both wearing hats. The left hand of one is touching the right arm of the other, whose right hand is extended toward Christ and whose left hand holds a staff. In the background three women, two nimbed, two with joined hands, all kneel. A nimbed and veiled Virgin Mary. with hands joined, kneels and leans toward a nimbed Evangelist John, who holds her left arm with his left hand. The scene is set below a tri-lobe arch with two medallions in spandrels.
The margins are decorated with foliate and floreate ornament, including a strawberry and a thistle. Vines emerge from a vase in the right margin. In the lower margin, the initials A and P are linked by a love knot. Text, Mass of the Virgin.