MS M.399, fol. 116v

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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. 116v

Within a room furnished with bookcases, a nimbed Evangelist Matthew wearing headgear is seated at a writing desk with an inkpot and other implements. He writes in a book, and a nimbed angel kneels behind him.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with two statues of male figures within illusionistic architectural niches in the left border. GLORIA TIBI DO(MINO) is inscribed in the lower border.


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