The Virgin and Child

Object Details

Title:

The Virgin and Child

Artist/Maker(s):

Master of the Lee Hours (Flemish, active about 1450 - 1470)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Ghent (probably), Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1450 - 1455

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 19.4 x 14 cm (7 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Two angels spread their arms to gesture that the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus is a celestial vision. Although the Virgin appears to be seated on the ground–a sign of humility–the canopy overhead alludes to her role as the Queen of Heaven. This miniature, together with the one on the facing page, introduces the text of the Mass of the Virgin, as indicated by the rubric at the top of the page: Incipit missa de domina n[ost]ra, Here begins the Mass of Our Lady.

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