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T 5441
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Illuminated initial "Jesus in the Temple" from an antiphonary from a convent of Dominican nuns, probably from St. Katharinental in Diessenhofen
Parchment · 1 f. · 12.5 x 12.5 cm · around 1300
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This finely painted illustration, executed in vibrant and colorful opaque colors, has been cut out. It depicts the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple as described in the Gospel of Luke. Mary and Joseph bring the infant to the old prophet Simeon in order to receive his blessing. One of the two women behind Mary holds two doves in her right hand, which are to be sacrificed according to the requirements. In her left hand the woman carries burning candles, which indicate the feast to which this event is dedicated, i.e. Candlemas. Below Jesus, three small kneeling figures are praying: a Dominican nun and the donor couple. The scene is inserted into an N-initial decorated with scroll ornamentation at the beginning of the Canticle of Simeon for the feast of Mary: Nunc dimittis, domine, servum tuum in pace (Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word). The words visible at the top Intercede pro nobis (Pray for us [Holy Mother of God]) follow at the end of the song. An excerpt from the liturgical antiphon with the text Postquam impleti sunt dies purgationis (When the days of purification were completed) is preserved on the back. This fragment was purchased at auction at Sotheby's in London by the Canton of Thurgau in 1978; it came from the collection of Robert von Hirsch of Basel (1883–1977). (sue)
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10.5076/e-codices-hmtg-T05441 (
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Frauenfeld, Historisches Museum Thurgau, T 5441: Illuminated initial "Jesus in the Temple" from an antiphonary from a convent of Dominican nuns, probably from St. Katharinental in Diessenhofen (
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13th century, 14th century
Figurative, Fully Painted, Gold / Silver, Initial
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Liturgica christiana
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Square Notation
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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. 78, 231.

Erwin Rosenthal, Illuminations from a Dominican Graudal of about 1300, in ZAK 33 (1976), 60-66.

Hanns Swarzenski, Die lateinischen illuminierten Handschriften des 13. Jahrhunderts in den Ländern am Rhein, Main und Donau, Berlin 1936

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