Border with Christ in the Wilderness

Object Details

Title:

Border with Christ in the Wilderness

Artist/Maker(s):

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Bruges, Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1525 - 1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

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In a peaceful landscape setting, Christ sits in meditation during a self-imposed fast in the wilderness that lasted forty days and forty nights. The border surrounds a prayer concerning his fast and subsequent temptations, the subject of the miniature on the facing page.