MS M.399, fol. 312v

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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. 312v

Bernadinus of Siena, nimbed, tonsured, and wearing a Franciscan habit, holds a fiery disk inscribed IHS in right his hand. He stands within a landscape in front of a patterned hanging with pseudo-inscriptions.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with floreate ornament, including a rose and viola, and inhabited by a butterfly, a snail, and a caterpillar.


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