MS M.399, fol. 332v

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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. 332v

A nimbed Apollonia of Alexandria wearing a fillet holds pincers in her right hand and an open book in her left hand. She stands within a landscape. Ona road in the background is a horseman and another figure.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with floreate ornament, including a strawberry, a rose, viola, and columbine, and inhabited by butterflies and a hybrid man with a snail's body holding an arrow in his right hand.


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