Detail View: Medieval Document Collection: Saint Agnes holding her attribute, historiated initial on a Leaf from a Prayer Book

Identifier: 
exwsms174_bk
Manuscript Identifier: 
MS 174
Title: 
Saint Agnes holding her attribute, historiated initial on a Leaf from a Prayer Book
Alternative Title: 
Prayer Book Leaf
Incipit: 
[rubric] De sancta agnete virginis et martiris oratio [text] O gemma pudicicie virginitatis speculum iubar innocencie puritatis spectaclum? duc ad triu[m]phum glorie nos agnes ad agniculum
Origin Date: 
ca. 1440-1460
Origin Location: 
South Germany
Description: 
Single leaf from a devotional Prayer Book featuring St. Agnes holding a lamb enclosed in an illuminated initial O. Text opens with a prayer to St. Agnes for the Feast of St. Agnes, celebrated on January 21.
Provenance: 
"The illumination on recto is in the style named Nonnenarbeiten (see J. Hamburger, Nuns as Artists, the Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent, 1997), and associated with predominantly female monastic decoration of their own devotional books." --from dealer description on inside cover of the frame.
Extent: 
1 leaf
Subject: 
Catholic Church--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800
Subject: 
Agnes, Saint, Martyr
Subject: 
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Subject: 
Manuscripts, Medieval--Germany--15th century
Subject: 
Textura (Gothic script)
Subject: 
Illuminated manuscripts--Germany--15th century
Subject: 
Historiated initials
Subject: 
detached leaves
Language: 
lat
Dimensions: 
118 x 89 mm
Material: 
parchment
Foliation: 
f. 1r-v
Binding: 
Housed in a mat frame (160 x 110 mm).
Decoration Description: 
6-line historiated and illuminated initial painting of St. Agnes of Rome with a simple white face and rosy cheeks, holding a lamb possibly in the Nonnenarbeiten style, which is associated with predominately female monastic deocation of their devotional books. Rubrication in red. On verso, a 2-line intial O decorated in red with faded brown pen florishes.
Description of Hands: 
1 column of 14-15 lines ruled in dry point written in Gothic Textualis script.
Is Part Of: 
Medieval Document Collection
Is Part Of: 
Manuscript 174, Western Michigan University Special Collections
Publisher: 
Western Michigan University
Date-Issued: 
2019
Type: 
Text
Format: 
image/jp2
Is Referenced By: 
Hamburger, Jeffrey F. “Nuns as Artists, the Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent.” University of California Press: 1997.
Rights: 
Copyright 2019 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, all rights reserved. The digital version is available for educational use under 'Fair Use' guidelines. For additional permission and further information contact the WMU Libraries.