MS M.399, fol. 334v

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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. 334v

A nimbed Lucy of Syracuse, is seated on floor holding an open book on her lap. She is in front of a patterned hanging and beside a colonnade, beyond which is a courtyard inhabited by figures. A potted flowering plant is in the colonnade.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with flowers, including an iris in a vase, a pink, and a sweet pea, and inhabited by a butterfly.


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