Gospel Lessons, fol. 111v

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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. 111v

Evangelist, John: On Patmos―Rays of light emanating from an arc of heaven fall upon a nimbed Evangelist John seated on Patmos. He writes on a folio with a pen held in his right hand. He holds an inkpot in his left hand. Beside him, a nimbed eagle spreads its wings.
The landscape surrounding Patmos continues in the border surrounding the scene. At the bottom of the border, two men in a boat transport a column.


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