TEXT FROM "O INTEMERATA."

(Northeastern France, probably Arras, late 15th century). 146 x 95 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 3/4"). Single column, 15 lines in a pleasing bâtarde hand.

Rubrics in red, one one-line initial in brushed gold on a red ground, EACH SIDE OF LEAF WITH A BRUSHED GOLD PANEL BORDER, WITH VERY PRETTY ILLUSIONISTIC FLOWERS AND ONE BIRD; WITH ONE SMALL MINIATURE (measuring approximately 40 x 25 mm.) depicting the Virgin and Child. Headlines written in French in a later (18th century?) calligraphic hand. Light soiling, gold a little rubbed, portions of the Virgin's face and robe noticeably chipped, and the details of the Child entirely rubbed away, but still an attractive leaf, generally clean and smooth, with ample margins and bright color.

From a charmingly decorated 15th century prayer book, this leaf contains one of the most beloved prayers in the Book of Hours, in which the petitioner addresses the Virign Mary directly. The accompanying miniature features the classic image of the Madonna, shown here in full length, cradling the Child in her arms. Given the popularity of the "O Intermerata" prayer within the Books of Hours, it is not surprising that some of the paint has been degraded due to frequent use; but although the details have been obscured, the meaning is clear, and it is touching to think of the Medieval owner(s) referring to this section for solace and comfort time and time again. For other leaves from this same manuscript, please check our website.
(ST12668bE)