MS M.399, fol. 310v

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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. 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.