Border with the Creation of Birds and Fishes

Object Details

Title:

Border with the Creation of Birds and Fishes

Artist/Maker(s):

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

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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This historiated border, which shows God creating birds and fishes, expands upon the subject of Creation in the facing miniature. The variety of fowl presented at the bottom of the page and the swirling water from which the fish emerge are particularly delightful features. The text is a prayer devoted to the creation of the first humans and their fall from grace.

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The Image of Time (March 31 to July 2, 2000)
  • Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, (Lisbon), March 31 to July 2, 2000