Ave vulnus lateris nostri redemptoris, fol. 197v

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. 197v

Christ: of Sorrows―Surrounded by clouds, Christ, with a rayed nimbus, wears a loincloth and displays His wounds (Man of Sorrows). He is standing within a mandorla on a ledge. In front of the ledge are half figures of a nimbed Virgin Mary, wearing a wimpled veil and crossing her hands at her breast, and a nimbed Evangelist John with his joined hands raised.
The scene is framed by a border with a donor kneeling beneath a canopy on a cushion. His joined hands are raised before an open book on a prie-dieu. The figure is within an architectural setting of a church (?) interior. In the lower right corner, a dog with a collar lies on the floor.


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