MS M.399, fol. 306v

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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. 306v

Francis of Assisi: receiving stigmata—A seraph appearing in an aureole sends rays of light toward a nimbed and tonsured Francis of Assisi wearing a habit. He raises both arms and his hands display stigmata. Beside him, Leo of Assisi sleeps with his covered head on his arms, which are resting on a rock. In the background is a landscape with figures walking beside a river, one mounted and two on foot.
The scene is framed by a decorated border inscribed with display script ORA PRO NOBIS BEATE SAI (abbreviation?).


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