Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Manuscript Illumination with Scenes from the Life of Saint John the Baptist

Artist:
Master of James IV of Scotland (probably Gerard Horenbout) (South Netherlandish, active ca. 1485–1530)
Date:
ca. 1515
Geography:
Made in Bruges, Netherlands
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Tempera, ink, and shell gold on parchment
Dimensions:
6 1/2 x 4 5/8in. (16.5 x 11.7cm) Mat: 14 × 11 in. (35.6 × 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
Accession Number:
48.149.16
Not on view
This sophisticated image from a book of devotional prayers depicts John the Baptist seated in a landscape with his attribute, the lamb, and pointing to an open book. Scenes from the saint’s life surround the central image, beginning counterclockwise at upper left: the Baptism of Jesus, John the Baptist preaching, his imprisonment, the executioner placing his head on a platter, Herod’s feast, and the burning of John’s bones. The painter of this miniature created manuscripts for European royalty, including James IV, king of Scotland, and Queen Isabella of Spain. He may be identified as Gerard Horenbout, who became a master in the painters’ guild of Ghent in 1487.
George D. Pratt, Glen Cove, NY (until 1935)
Priest, Alan. "Loans from the Collection of George D. Pratt." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 35, no. 12 (December 1940). pp. 237-238, ill. p. 238.

Kren, Thomas, ed. Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasures from The British Library. 1st ed. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983. pp. 63-68.

Barnet, Peter, and Atsuyuki Nakahara, ed. Earth, Sea, Sky: Nature in Western Art – Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tokyo: Yomiuri Shimbun, 2012. no. 15, pp. 64, 212-213.

Stein, Wendy A. How to Read Medieval Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 14, pp. 66–67.



Related Objects

Manuscript Illumination with Adoration of the Magi

Artist: Master of James IV of Scotland (probably Gerard Horenbout) (South Netherlandish, active ca. 1485–1530) Date: ca. 1515–25 Medium: Tempera, ink, and shell gold on parchment Accession: 48.149.15 On view in:Not on view

Crib of the Infant Jesus

Date: 15th century Medium: Wood, polychromy, lead, silver-gilt, painted parchment, silk embroidery with seed pearls, gold thread, translucent enamels Accession: 1974.121a–d On view in:Gallery 306

Manuscript Leaf with the Dedication of a Church in an Initial T, from a Gradual

Artist: Mariano del Buono (Italian, 1433–1504) Date: second half 15th century Medium: Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment Accession: 96.32.15 On view in:Gallery 306

Four Gospels in Armenian

Date: 1434/35 Medium: Tempera and gold on paper; stamped leather binding Accession: 2010.108 On view in:Gallery 300

Manuscript Leaf with the Trinity in an Initial G, from an Antiphonary

Date: second half 15th century Medium: Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment Accession: 96.32.7 On view in:Gallery 306