Medieval Images of the Martyred Saints

    [Illuminated Manuscript]. [Medieval Miniature on Vellum from a Book of Hours:] Saint Benignus and Saint Sebastian. France: circa 1450. Double sided single leaf. Approximately 5 x 7.25 inches. Recto: Saint Benignus of Dijon was a third century martyr and first herald of Christianity of Dijon. He was tortured until, finally, his head was crushed with an iron bar. The miniature is 4 x 6 inches in a gold border. The saint stands with hands outstretched and bleeding with thumb screws on all his fingers, behind him are crossed spears, and a bar strikes his turbaned head. The saint's robes are in red and blue with gold highlights. Behind him is a ground of green, brown and blue with a city off to the right side and gold highlights. There is a full brightly decorated border of flowers, vines, and decorative elements in blue, green, red, and gold. The text is nineteen lines in brown ink with the saint's name in red. Verso: Saint Sebastian, saint and martyr who was said to have been killed by the emperor Diocletian. The miniature is 4 x 6 inches and bordered in gold. The saint is tied to a post on the battlement of a castle. He is pierced with arrows and a crossbow stands at his left. He is only dressed in a loin cloth. In the distance are blue mountains. A full decorative border of flowers, and decorative elements heightened in gold. Nineteen lines of text in brown and red inks. A large three line initial "D" is in purple on a gold ground with a flower in the center. One smaller initial in gold on a blue ground. Leaf hinged into matte frame at upper margins of recto. Recto: Minor foxing to the upper margins. Verso: light rubbing at the upper right corner, minor soiling to margins, and faint dampstain in the second and third line of text, otherwise a striking example of Medieval artwork. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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