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Pentecost and Christ Carrying the Cross

A work made of hand-colored woodcuts, with gilding and letterpress, on vellum.
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  • A work made of hand-colored woodcuts, with gilding and letterpress, on vellum.

Date:

c. 1500

Artist:

Unknown artist
French, active 15th/16th century

About this artwork

This leaf from a book of hours was printed on vellum (a thin piece of prepared animal skin) and then illuminated and gilded to resemble more expensive devotional manuscripts produced entirely by hand. This page includes several different prayers. The opaque blue pigment coloring the accompanying miniatures obscures most of the printed background. Christ appears iconic and alone in the lower image, as if meditating on his upcoming death, rather than forcing his way through a hostile crowd. In the upper woodcut, the Holy Spirit descends upon the Virgin Mary and the apostles in the form of a glittering dove.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

Pentecost and Christ Carrying the Cross

Origin

France

Date

Published 1490–1510

Medium

Hand-colored woodcuts, with gilding and letterpress, on vellum

Dimensions

244 × 157 mm (sheet); 200 × 116 mm (te×t)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Robert Sonnenschein

Reference Number

1941.194

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