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Historisches Museum Thurgau
T 9394
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Miniature depicting the “Death of the Virgin” from an antiphonary, possibly from the Convent of Cistercian nuns at Salem
Parchment · 1 f. · 22.5 x 17.6 cm · around 1320
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This particularly large-format book illustration was cut from a deluxe manuscript. In the initial V-to the text Vidi speciosam on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption on August 15, the Blessed Mother lies on her deathbed, surrounded by three apostles and Jesus, who receives her soul in the form of a small female figure. A vertically rectangular frame with a repeating geometric pattern surrounds the scene. Three branches with leaves and rosettes that are trimmed back grow from the left side of the initial V. The painting in tones of bright blue and red is of high quality. The lyrics on the back are taken from Bible verses 26 to 32 of Lectio prima from the Gospel of Luke. The leaf is from the same chorale manuscript as miniature with the representation of the "Annunciation to Mary". Both leaves show stations from the cycle of The Life of the Virgin, with T 9393 illustrating the first stage and T 9394 the last. Stylistically they can be placed alongside three leaves from the collection de Bastard d'Estang in the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris (AD 152G, PL 842-3, AD 150H, PL 51). In 1994, the canton of Thurgau commercially acquired both fragments in Paris. Previously, they had been privately held in Switzerland (sue)
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10.5076/e-codices-hmtg-T09394 (
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Kordula Kessler, Gotische Buchmalerei des Bodenseeraumes. Aus der Zeit von 1260 bis um 1340/50, in Buchmalerei im Bodenseeraum, 13. bis 16. Jahrhundert, Friedrichshafen 1997, S. 70-96, 243-4.

Ellen J. Beer, Ein Beitrag zur Buchmalerei des Bodenseeraumes, inn ZAK 33 (1976), S. 250-267.

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