225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016. Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station
Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1460
MS M.282 fol. 17r
Evangelist Matthew, nimbed, sits at lectern upon which is open book with pseudo-inscription. He holds pen in right hand and writes upon scroll held in his lap inscribed [CUM] NATUS [ESSET IHESUS IN BETHLEM] (NT, Matthew 02:01). Before him is angel (Evangelist symbol), kneeling on one and holding stylus case and inkpot. Scene in room with tile floor, brocade wall hangings, leaded-glass windows, and wooden barrel-vaulted ceiling. Rays emanate from left side.
Margins with ivy-rinceaux ornament, inhabited in right margin by beaked male fantastic animal, wearing pointed hat, carrying two buckets on ends of rod on his shoulder and urinating; and in lower margin by hooded man, holding raised ax or spade in both hands above fantastic snail, sticking out its tongue.
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