MS M.399, fol. 291v

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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. 291v

Christopher of Lycia: Carrying the Christ Child―Under a starry sky, a nimbed Christopher of Lycia supports himself with a staff as he crosses a river. He carries on his shoulder the Christ Child, who has a rayed nimbus. The Christ Child raises His right hand in blessing and holds a globe in His left hand. On shore, a hermit raises a lantern. The scene is framed by a decorative border.


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