MS M.399, fol. 9r

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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. 9r

A calendar page is shown within an illusionistic wood frame. On the right side of the frame is a statue of a male figure wearing a pilgrim's hat (possibly Apostle James Major, whose feast day is July 25) within an illusionistic architectural niche. Along the bottom border is a landscape. Within the landscape is a lion, the zodiac sign Leo, enclosed in an illusionistic frame.


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