MS M.399, fol. 308v

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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. 308v

Anthony of Padua: Preaching to fishes―Within a landscape, a nimbed and tonsured Anthony of Padua, wearing a monk's habit with a pouch at the belt, raises a crucifix held in both his hands above fishes gathered in the water around him. A heron and other birds flock beside him.

Anthony of Padua: Miracle of kneeling mule―In the background and to the left, Anthony, wearing a habit, kneels before a mule and a container with oats. A crowd gathers around. Beyond are the buildings of a city.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with a diamond pattern. The panels contain jeweled flowers.


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