Passion according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, fol. 44v

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. 44v

Christ: Flagellation—Four tormentors, with switches and a scourge, torture Christ, who is shown bound to a column. He has a rayed nimbus, is wearing a short loincloth, and is bleeding. A purple garment is on the floor in the foreground. In the background behind a balustrade, a group of figures gather, many of them carrying spears.
The scene is within a miniature framed by a border decorated with rosaries, including one with a pendant depicting the head of Christ with a rayed nimbus.


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