Section V: Additional Prayers to the Virgin
Additional prayers to the Virgin, the
, can be accompanied by various
illuminations or none at all.
MS 6 Paris ca. 1450
possibly the work of a follower of the Bedford Master
20 cm by 13 cm, BX2080/R72/ca. 1450
In this depiction, two angels surround the Virgin; one plays a portative organ,
the other plucks a harp. The organ was the
only instrument allowed in church, and the harp represented divine music. Angel
musicians are often depicted playing these instruments, and
they symbolize divine harmony.
MS 7 France, ca. teens or 1520s
resembles work of the Master of Morgan 85;
possibly the work of a follower of the Master of Petrarch's Triumphs
16.3 cm. by 11.5 cm., BX2080/R57/ca. 1530
The deposition of Christ from the Cross, with Mary, Mary Magdalene, and John
the Disciple. Mary affectionately holds Christ, who displays
the evidence of his suffering—the wounds from the crown of thorns, the
piercing, and the nails. Mary Magdalene is typically pictured, as here,
with her traditional ointment jar, referring to when she anointed Christ's feet
before the Crucifixion.
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