MS M.399, fol. 301v

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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. 301v

Bernard of Clairvaux: Vision of Christ on cross—Within a church, a nimbed and tonsured Bernard of Clairvaux wearing a habit kneels supporting Christ, who has a rayed nimbus and is wearing a crown of thorns and a short loincloth. Christ is descending from a tau cross with a plaque inscribed INRI.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with flowers, including viola, and inhabited by butterflies and a snail.


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