Passio unser Herren Jesu Christi auss den vier Evangelisten gezogen …

Accession number: 
MS M.1218
Passio unser Herren Jesu Christi auss den vier Evangelisten gezogen …
19th-century brown morocco.
Purchased on a grant provided by the Bernard H. Breslauer Foundation, with the Harper and Seligman Funds, and as the gift of Virginia M. Schirrmeister and a second, anonymous, member of the Visiting Committee to the Department of Medieval and Renaissance
26 leaves, paginated : parchment ; 177 x 120 mm (7 x 4.7 inches)
Evelyn Philip Shirley (1812-82), Ettington Hall, Warwickshire; Sotheby's (London, 28 April 1947, lot 286); Beatriz (signature and dedication on parchment fly leaf), Christmas 1947, Argentina; Alberto Marenco di Moriondo, Chicago; Les Enluminures.

This prayer book in the form of a hybrid manuscript includes the complete set of sixteen engravings from Albrecht Dürer's Engraved Passion, with an additional engraving serving as a frontispiece (Dürer's Virgin and Child Seated by a Tree, 1513) -- all hand colored and heightened in with gold and silver. The codex belongs to a small group of manuscript prayer books incorporating hand-colored prints, made in Nuremberg and Augsburg in the late sixteenth century. It can be attributed to Hieronymus Oertel based on comparisons with his signed and dated works.
The book ends with a motto: "Gottes Wort lass dir Lieb sein, Was Gott gibt das schleiisz darei(n), Sag Im Lob Preisz unnd Eher, So gibt er alle Tag mher."
Scribe: Hieronymus Oertel (alias Ortelius, Örtl)
Relates to the printed picture books of Dürer, two of which are in the Morgan's collections: the Small Passion (PML 4084) and the Life of the Virgin (PML 2867).
List of illustrations: The Virgin and Child Seated by a Tree; Christ on the Mount of Olives; Betrayal; Christ before Caiaphas; Christ before Pilate; Flagellation; Christ Crowned; Ecce homo; Pilate Washing his Hands; Christ Carrying the Cross; Crucifixion; Lamentation; Entombment; Christ in Limbo; Resurrection; Man of Sorrows; Peter and John Healing the Lame Man.
Decoration: All fifty-two pages are framed with gilt red micro-borders; the 17 prints are delicately colored with wash and highlighted with gold and silver.

Variant Title: 

Dürer's Engraved Passion

Calligraphic German Fraktur, with extensive rubrics and initials in gold