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Artist:   The School of the Master of Mary of Burgundy  
Title:   Leaf from a Book of Hours (recto and verso)  
Date:   late 15th century  
Medium:   Ink, gouache and gold on vellum  
Dimensions:   7 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (19.05 x 12.07 cm) (image) 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (26.04 x 18.42 cm) (sheet)  
Credit Line:   The Minnich Collection The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund, 1966  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

The elaborate initial "S" marks the start of the prayers and readings for Pentecost (Whitsunday), commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ's Apostles. The page was part of a Book of Hours, a compendium of prayer and meditations for lay worshipers to follow throughout the year. The gilded vine with ivy-like leaves, pods, and colorful flowers is typical of French 15th-century manuscript decoration.

Name:   The School of the Master of Mary of Burgundy  
Life Dates:   French or Flemish  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Mark In pencil, upper right recto: [3]  
Classification:   Drawings  
Physical Description:   Double-sided; hand-illuminated with color in gold leaf, ivy scrolls and gold-leaf "pellets", and elaborate initials  
Creation Place:   Europe, France or Flanders, , ,  
Accession #:   P.16,934  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts