The Lord Enthroned with Angels; Two Seraphim; Two Kneeling Angels in Prayer; A Man Kneeling; The Flagellation

Object Details

Title:

The Lord Enthroned with Angels; Two Seraphim; Two Kneeling Angels in Prayer; A Man Kneeling; The Flagellation

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Northeastern France, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1300

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 26.4 x 18.3 cm (10 3/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

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Distinguishing it from most other books of hours, the Ruskin Hours has a fully illuminated Litany, a series of invocations to favored saints. On this first page of the litany, a small, decorated initial highlights the opening prayer, Kyrie eleyson (Lord, have mercy), the one prayer in the Latin liturgy still said today in Greek. To the right, as on the succeeding pages of this manuscript's litany, a vertical panel divided into five compartments contains small miniatures on backgrounds of burnished gold. At the top, Jesus sits enthroned between the angels who daily praise him in heaven. Seraphim and angels occupy the following two compartments. Below, a knight, perhaps the owner of the manuscript, kneels before the Lord. On the bottom the artist depicted the Flagellation, an episode from Jesus' Passion.

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Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours (April 22 to July 17, 1988)
  • Walters Art Gallery, (Baltimore), April 22 to July 17, 1988, (Cat.)
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  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 16 to December 30, 1990, (Cat.)
The Cult of Saints in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (October 26, 1993 to January 9, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 26, 1993 to January 9, 1994, (Cat.)