The Folios - f.96v


The Hours of the Virgin (Vespers) - historiated initial

The beginning of the office for the hour of Vespers is marked by a historiated initial. The scene in the initial is the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and derives from the scriptural account in Luke 2.22-35. The artist belongs to the 'Cholet Group' of Parisian illuminators. The very fine scrolls painted in gold paint on the burnished gold background are a feature found in only a small number of luxurious manuscripts of the late 13th century such as the Alphonso Psalter in the British Library and the Breviary of Philippe le Bel in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

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The Hours of the Virgin (Vespers) - historiated initial