225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016. Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station
Compilatio historiarum / Giovanni, da Udine
Switzerland, Basel, ca. 1476
MS M.158 fol. 26v
Miniature, upper left: 1) Joseph the Carpenter: chosen as Husband -- Joseph the Carpenter, wearing pouch and knife tied to belt, holds flowering rod surmounted by Dove of Holy Ghost, cross-nimbed, both surrounded by three men and one woman, one wearing hat, all holding palms around altar, above which hangs lamp. Scene in room, possibly of church. Miniature, lower left: 2) Virgin Mary: Espousal -- Accompanied by nimbed woman, wearing wimpled veil, possibly Elizabeth, Virgin Mary, name inscribed MARIA, nimbed, joins right hand with the extended right hand of Joseph the Carpenter, name inscribed JOSEPH, wearing knife and pouch fastened to belt, grasped by High Priest, wearing miter and mantle fastened by morse. The Joseph is leaning on walking stick held with left hand, accompanied by bearded man, wearing hat, possibly Joachim. Scene in room with tiled floor, possibly of church. Miniature, upper right: 3) Tobias: Marriage -- Accompanied by woman, wearing headdress, Sara, name inscribed SARA, nimbed, joins right hand grasped by High Priest, name inscribed RAGUEL, wearing miter and mantle fastened by morse, with the extended right hand of Tobias, name inscribed THOBYAS, wearing knife fastened to belt, accompanied by man. Scene in room with tiled floor, possibly of church Miniature, lower right: 4) Tower of Baris -- Tower of Baris, inscribed TURRIS BARYS, surmounted by half-figures of two soldiers, wearing helmets, holding sword and heraldic banners, behind crenellated wall; below, door with strapping and lock. Miniatures for Richel’s Spiegel der Menschlichen BehaÌˆltnis (Basel: 1476) with biblical quotes, commentary and abbreviated extracts of the Latin text of Chapter 6 in the Speculum Humanae Salvationis. Miniature for Joseph the Carpenter: chosen as Husband from the legend of John of Damascus.
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