Poème sur la Passion

Accession number: 
MS M.147
Poème sur la Passion
Rouen, France, ca. 1530.
Previously in French 17th- or early 18th-century red levant morocco, tooled in gold; probably by Augustin Duseuil; in the center the arms of France; outer borders and back filled with fleurs-de-lis; 2 silver clasps; in box case; replaced with modern buckram clamshell binding, July, 2001.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1905.
26 leaves (1 column, 15 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 403 x 282 mm
Made for King Francis I (presentation miniature on fol. 2r). The miniature, originally from a different text, pasted onto fol. 5r shows the book being presented to Francis by Louise de Savoie); Joseph Barrois Collection (no. 124); bought in 1849 by the Earl of Ashburham; his sale (London, 1901, no. 458) to Théophile Belin (catalogue, 1902, no. 21); purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Théophile Belin in 1905; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. poem; written and illuminated in Rouen, France, ca. 1530.
Decoration: 24 miniatures, one of which is painted on a separate vellum leaf, by a different artist and with a different text, that has been pasted onto fol. 5r.
Artist: The primary illuminator of this manuscript was the Master of Girard Acarie. He executed the presentation scene showing Jacques Le Lieur offering his poem to Francis I (fol. 2r). There is another presentation scene, between Louise of Savoy and Francis I, taken from a separate manuscript and pasted to fol. 5r. Because Le Lieur was known to have employed the illuminator Jean Perréal for several of his works, it has been suggested that Perréal, or one of his followers might have illustrated this second presentation.
Revised: 2015

humanistic script
French and Latin