The Beast of the Apocalypse, Book of Hours leaf, c. 1515

$175.00

The Beast of the Apocalypse, St. Margaret & the Dragon, deer & boar hunting. 

Metal cuts, Book of Hours, c. 1515

 

                                                               The Litany of the Saints

                           

Recto:  Text in Latin printed in red and black in a Roman typeface on laid paper.  Metal cuts include one of Saint John seeing “a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns: and upon his horns, ten crowns: and upon his heads, the name of blasphemy.” (The seven-headed Beast of the Apocalypse, Revelation 13:1). Another image is of Saint Margaret at the moment she is swallowed alive by the dragon.  She is shown unafraid, holding the crucifix that will save her once she is swallowed. Others depict a grotesque, a winged putti and a deer-hunting scene.

 

Verso:  As Recto, with metal cuts of deer and boar hunting scenes.

 

Printer:  Gilles Hardouyn (Active in Paris, 1491-1521)

 

Date:  c. 1515.

 

Content:  This leaf is from the “Litany of the Saints” section of a Book of Hours - see the notes below.

 

Condition:  The leaf is in good/very good condition, sharply printed and with just a pale mark in the bottom margin and the expected edge browning.  It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

 

Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 175x115 mm. Printed area : approx.  155x100 mm.  Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing.  Please note that packing and postage is invoiced separately.  Within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.

 

Notes:  The Litany of the Saints consists of a "roll call" of saints to whom the medieval reader prayed.  Each invocation of a saint's name is followed by the plea "Ora pro nobis" ("Pray for us"). Saints served as earthly guardians, helpers, and nurses.  More approachable than God, they could intercede in Heaven on behalf of humans.  Medieval believers appealed to them for both spiritual and daily assistance, especially in dangerous situations: sickness, travel, and childbirth.   The list of saints in the litany varies between different Books of Hours.  Although some saints are ubiquitous, the inclusion of others who are lesser-known usually indicates a particular locale or the personal devotion of the individual who commissioned the book.

Item No:  PSA101


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