Da Costa hours
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910
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.