15 prayers to the wounds of Christ, fol. 360v

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. 360v

Christ: In Gethsemane―Christ, with a rayed nimbus, kneels on a hill below an arc of heaven and extends His joined hands upward. Below, three nimbed apostles sleep.
In the background at the right, soldiers approach, entering a gate. Some of them carry torches or spears (Christ: Betrayal, Arrival in Garden).
The scene is framed by a decorated border. A statue of a male figure in an illusionistic architectural niche is in the left border. In the lower border, PATER NOSTER is inscribed in display script.


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