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Maker(s):Jean de Montluçon
Culture:French (1417-1494)
Title:Illuminated initial from a manuscript with the Adoration of the Magi
Date Made:ca. 1500
Type:Book/Manuscript/Document; Drawing
Materials:Opaque watercolor, black ink on vellum with gold leaf and shell gold
Place Made:Europe; France; Loire area (possibly)
Measurements:unframed: 7 3/4 x 6 5/8 in.
Accession Number:  MH 1923.1.L.PI
Credit Line:Gift of Charles. J. Harris as a Memorial to Jane Harris Benner (Class of 1872)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Recto: Virgin and Child sit on the left,while one of the Magi kneels before them with and open box. the other two magi stand with their gifts behind him. Joseph is on the background between the Virgin and the kneeling Magi. A cow and donkey at at left rear. Fragments of wall, and landscape are seen in the background. The whole composition is set within a round initial which has been cut from the page. Verso: musical notation and text appear in brown ink on red rules.

manuscripts; Christianity; books; mother and child

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