Obsecro te O intermerata, fol. 376v

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. 376v

A nimbed Virgin Mary wearing a fillet holds a partly draped Christ Child in both hands. He has a rayed nimbus. He touches her neck with His left hand. The miniature is at the beginning of the Obsecro te. The miniature and text are framed by a border decorated with flowers, including a poppy, viola, strawberries, a rose, and a pink, and inhabited by a butterfly.


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