Hours of the Passion, fol. 15v

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. 15v

Christ: Arrest―Two soldiers, one of whom is Malchus, seize Christ, who has a rayed nimbus. The Apostle Peter, also nimbed, raises a sword above the head of Malchus. To the left of the first soldiers is a group of soldiers carrying weapons including spears, maces, and halberds. One of these soldiers raises a lantern.
The scene is framed by a border that is decorated with flowers and inhabited by birds and a butterfly.


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