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Leaf Crucifixion Miniature, Presumably Westphalia, c.
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Description
Unusual single leaf from a hand-written 'Passional' or a legend of saints with text fragment 'Do hieß dich Herodes nahen und hieß d(ich) zu tod slachen …'
German manuscript on laid paper
Presumably Westphalia, around 1475
Large crucifixion miniature with caption 'Do Longinus unsern Herren in sij sitten stach mit ainem sper.'
The splendid miniature, executed in opaque colors, shows the crucifixion scene at the moment of Longinus' spear stab
With text in brown and red ink on verso
Dimensions of leaf: 19 x 14.2 cm; miniature: 16.5 x 14.2 cm
In good condition
Excellent and rare document of late-medieval book painting from the early days of book printing

The splendid miniature, executed in opaque colors, shows the crucifixion scene at the moment when Longinus stabs Christ with his spear, after John 19, 34: 'But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture.'


The illustration is surrounded by a broad yellow-brown frame in two black contour lines, it is headlined 'Do Longinus unsern Herren in sij sitten stach mit ainem sper.' in red ink. Jesus on the Tau Cross with 'INRI' inscription is covered in blood and turned to the right, where the bearded Longinus, flanked by soldiers, opens his side with a long spear, while Mary and John, as well as other disciples, hinted at by halos, stand on the left of Christ. The image's iconography is quite unusual, as the crucifixion scene focuses on the moment of Longinus' act. Accordingly, Mary, Mother of God, is deprived of her usual space, that is left of the cross or 'at Christ's right side', which is occupied by Longinus. In almost all crucifixion scene Mary is shown right of the cross and John in left, Longinus and Stephaton are shown in between or in a separate scene. The illustration in strong black lines is neatly colored.


Condition:

Trimmed at top and in right and with tiny blemishes. Miniature clean and colors in fresh impression. Soldiers' faces with shaves and old over-paintings in places.


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Leaf Crucifixion Miniature, Presumably Westphalia, c.

Estimate €1,920 - €2,400
Mar 23, 2015
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Starting Price €1,200
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0005: Leaf Crucifixion Miniature, Presumably Westphalia, c.

Sold for €1,200
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Est. €1,920 - €2,400Starting Price €1,200
Precious Manuscripts, Books & Prints
Mar 23, 2015 1:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0005 Details

Description
...
Unusual single leaf from a hand-written 'Passional' or a legend of saints with text fragment 'Do hieß dich Herodes nahen und hieß d(ich) zu tod slachen …'
German manuscript on laid paper
Presumably Westphalia, around 1475
Large crucifixion miniature with caption 'Do Longinus unsern Herren in sij sitten stach mit ainem sper.'
The splendid miniature, executed in opaque colors, shows the crucifixion scene at the moment of Longinus' spear stab
With text in brown and red ink on verso
Dimensions of leaf: 19 x 14.2 cm; miniature: 16.5 x 14.2 cm
In good condition
Excellent and rare document of late-medieval book painting from the early days of book printing

The splendid miniature, executed in opaque colors, shows the crucifixion scene at the moment when Longinus stabs Christ with his spear, after John 19, 34: 'But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture.'


The illustration is surrounded by a broad yellow-brown frame in two black contour lines, it is headlined 'Do Longinus unsern Herren in sij sitten stach mit ainem sper.' in red ink. Jesus on the Tau Cross with 'INRI' inscription is covered in blood and turned to the right, where the bearded Longinus, flanked by soldiers, opens his side with a long spear, while Mary and John, as well as other disciples, hinted at by halos, stand on the left of Christ. The image's iconography is quite unusual, as the crucifixion scene focuses on the moment of Longinus' act. Accordingly, Mary, Mother of God, is deprived of her usual space, that is left of the cross or 'at Christ's right side', which is occupied by Longinus. In almost all crucifixion scene Mary is shown right of the cross and John in left, Longinus and Stephaton are shown in between or in a separate scene. The illustration in strong black lines is neatly colored.


Condition:

Trimmed at top and in right and with tiny blemishes. Miniature clean and colors in fresh impression. Soldiers' faces with shaves and old over-paintings in places.


Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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