Northeast French; Beauvais (?)
Tempera and gold leaf, on parchment
11 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. (28.9 x 18.4 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Karen Gutmann, in memory of Harry Bober, 1992 (1992.238)
With its marriage of elegant foliate decoration and refined lettering, this leaf from a missal is characteristic of Gothic manuscript illumination in northern France. The taut vines and letters are close to those on a number of manuscript leaves attributed to the city of Beauvais. The text comprises the special prayers for the feast of Saint John the Baptist (June 24): readings from Psalm 91 and the Books of Isaiah and Jeremiah, the Gradual, the Gloria, and the Alleluia.