Da Costa hours
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
172 x 125 mm
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910
MS M.399, fol. 310v
Standing within an archway of a cloister, Dominic of Bologna, nimbed, tonsured, and wearing a habit, holds an open book in his right hand and a cross-staff in his left hand. A dog holding a candle in its mouth lies at his feet (Domini Canes). In the distance, a monk stands inside a cloister.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with foliate and floreate ornament, including viola, and inhabited by a butterfly.
Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.