AN EXTREMELY CHARMING ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT CUTTING, FROM A MISSAL IN LATIN.(Perhaps southern Germany, ca. early, 16th century). 70 x 51 mm (2 3/4 x 2").
The cutting showing a tonsured deacon in a simple red gown (though with a decorative gold shawl) clutching a small green book to his chest and apparently blessing himself, the figure within an interior space dominated by modelled acanthus decoration, as if representing a carved wooden wall. In very fine condition, extraordinarily clean and bright, and without any loss of pigment.
Our miniature shows a three-quarter portrait, with the ecclesiastical figure standing in an interior depicted in gold, browns, and grays. This is quite a charming little portrait that seems to be the work of a skilled artist. The face, hands, garment, and even the modelled acanthus context are extremely convincing and done with memorable delicacy. The brush strokes looked at under magnification (for example, in the individual strands of hair) are extraordinarily deft. (CJE0601a-d)