Hours of the Holy Spirit, fol. 189v

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. 189v

Pentecost—Within a room, the Dove of the Holy Ghost appears amid rays of light falling on apostles, all kneeling, and the Virgin Mary, who is kneeling at prie-dieu with an open book. All figures are nimbed. In the back of the room, a panel painting depicting the Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and Evangelist John is on a draped, raised chest.
The scene is framed by an illusionistic architectural border. In the left border, a statue of a male figure, arms crossed and holding a staff in his left hand, appears in a niche


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