MS M.399, fol. 330v

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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. 330v

Within a landscape, a half-figure of a nimbed and crowned Empress Helenaholdsa tau cross.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with flowers, including a strawberry, viola, columbine, and a rose, and inhabited by butterflies and a caterpillar.


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