Officium Beate Marie Virginis Ross. 198

Officium Beate Marie Virginis Ross. 198  Facsimile Edition

France — ca. 1480

The Illuminator has given the same attention to each leaf, tendril, and strawberry of the frames as to the 21 ravishing miniatures: Jean Colombe's masterful interpretation of the very aesthetic text for personal devotion

  1. The opening miniature in an architectural frame depicts the Triumph of Fame from Petrarch’s Trionfi

  2. The other 20 miniatures of biblical scenes have colorful, highly detailed filigree tendril frames highlighted with gold

  3. It shelf mark is a reference to its erstwhile owner, Giovan Francesco de Rossi (1796–1854)

Officium Beate Marie Virginis Ross. 198

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Officium Beate Marie Virginis Ross. 198

This fine specimen from the golden age of French illumination is a book of hours dedicated to the Virgin Mary containing the text of the Officium Beate Marie Virginis. It is adorned by 21 magnificent miniatures with colorful, highly detailed filigree tendril frames highlighted with gold except for one: a full-page miniature with an architectural frame depicting the Triumph of Fame from Petrarch’s Trionfi that appears at the beginning of the calendar section. The French master illuminator Jean Colombe is credited with creating this gorgeous image program ca. 1480. “Ross. 198” refers to its erstwhile owner, Giovan Francesco de Rossi, whose collection was donated to the Society of Jesus in 1855 before being transferred to the Jesuit College in Vienna in 1877 and was finally donated to the Vatican Library in 1921.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Offizium der Jungfrau Maria Ross. 198
Origin
France
Date
ca. 1480
Style
Language
Script
Gothic
Illustrations
21 full-page miniatures; decorated initials
Content
Book of Hours with a calendar and prayers for private devotion
Previous Owners
Giovan Francesco de Rossi (1796–1854)

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Detail Picture

Officium Beatae Mariae Virginis of Maria Antonietta of Savoy

Baptism of Jesus

Jesus stands in the River Jordan as John the Baptist, kneeling on the right bank in rough clothing, pours water over his head. An angel stands on the left bank and holds Jesus’s robes while also acting as a witness to this important event. The Holy Trinity is represented by God the Father, who looks down from the sky, the white dove of the Holy Spirit, who descends in a shower of golden rays, and Jesus, who stands as the bottom with a ray nimbus. A cool blue-green landscape serves as a backdrop.

Officium Beate Marie Virginis Ross. 198
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Officium Beatae Mariae Virginis of Maria Antonietta of Savoy

Pentecost

According to the Book of Acts, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. The word Pentecost come from the Greek for “fiftieth” because the holiday is celebrated fifty days after Easter and as such is a “moveable feast”.

Gold has been used generously on the page to highlight the clothing of the figures, their halos, and even the frame. Both the architecture and the arrangement of the Apostles create a perspective that is focused on the Virgin Mary, above whom the white dove of the Holy Spirit appears. This scene is set within a wonderfully colorful floral frame and the large “D” initial features a checkerboard pattern with blue and red flowers.

Officium Beate Marie Virginis Ross. 198
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Imago – Castel Guelfo
Officium Beate Marie Virginis Ross. 198  – Ross. 198 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City) Facsimile Edition
Officium Beate Marie Virginis Ross. 198 – Ross. 198 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City) Facsimile Edition Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: Imago – Castel Guelfo
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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