Conditor celi et terrae rex, fol. 382v

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. 382v

God, nimbed and wearing a triple-crowned tiara surmounted by a cross, appears surrounded by angels above a landscape in an arc of heaven. He raises His right hand in blessing and holds a scepter in His left hand. The miniature is at the beginning of the Conditor celi et terrae rex. The miniature and text are framed by a border decorated with flowers, including viola, strawberries, and a rose, and inhabited by butterflies and a bee.


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