MS M.399, fol. 114r

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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. 114r

The initial I beginning the Gospel Sequence of Luke is decorated with foliate ornament.
The border framing the text is decorated with flowers, including in the right border an iris and a lily in a vase. A caterpillar and a butterfly inhabit the lower and upper borders.


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