TEXT FROM GOSPEL LESSONS.

(Paris, ca. 1440). 121 x 89 mm. (4 3/4 x 3 1/2"). Single column, 15 lines of text in an especially fine gothic book hand.

Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, verso with two line fillers in colors and gold as well as a two-line burnished gold initial on a pink and maroon ground with white tracery, the capital decorated with a graceful blue tendril bearing two orange and white flowers, recto of the leaf with an elaborate quarter panel border in the fore margin featuring animated flowers and other vegetation and many burnished gold ivy leaves on hairline stems, verso with a similar (though more lush) three-quarter border (and with a tangent vertical bar of red, blue, and burnished gold), and the same side WITH A CHARMING MINIATURE OF SAINT LUKE (measuring approximately 26 x 31 mm.). A vague hint of marginal creasing, top margin very small (though nothing cut into), minor loss of paint from the wall behind the saint, otherwise in nearly faultless condition.

The considerable charm of this miniature lies in the rapport conveyed by the artist between Saint Luke and his symbol, a golden bull. Both are in a room, the floor of a light and dark green tessellated pattern suggesting depth, the windows at the back partially obscured by a red tapestry screen decorated with an intricate gold design. A thoughtful Luke, dressed in voluminous blue robes with gilded folds, writes on the long scroll unfolded over his knees, while the ox, his hindquarters cut off by the miniature's frame, sits comfortably on the floor, his forelegs folded under his breast, watching and smiling in approval. A particularly interesting feature of the room is that the triangular wall space, in which two windows are set, appears to be in an attic, and a wood-planked ceiling fills the two upper corners. The text relates the story of the annunciation to the Virgin.
(ST11459-14)