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    Fifteenth Century Manuscript Portrait of Christ

    [Illuminated Manuscript]. [Medieval Miniature, Full page, on Vellum from a Manuscript of the Pseudo-Lentulus Attributed to Flavius Eutropius]. Christ (after the description of the Pseudo-Lentulus). [France [?], ca. 1423 [?]]. Single leaf. Approximately 6 x 3 inches. Fine Medieval Miniature from a French Book of Hours on vellum with text on verso in a Batarde Secretary hand. Christ stands center looking right with his right hand raised in a blessing and his left holding his robe, his feet are exposed. He is in silver and gray tones. His robe is in a light brown highlighted in gold. He has a gold nimbus. The ground is in browns and greens with rocks and bushes. In the rear are castleated towns and hills and a sky in several blues. There is a small dark border compartment at the bottom with a date of 143[?]. There is a border in gold and red (rubbed). On the verso are twenty two lines in a French Batarde Secretary script in brown and red with one small initial in blue, white and gold. Three bars in blue, red and gold. The text claims this description of Christ was found in the annalibus of Eutropius. Some rubbing and small holes (only visible if held up to light). Fine. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    The forged letter of Lentulus to the Emperor Tiberius, actually dating from the thirteenth century, was no more than a physical description suitable for hagiographic accounts or religious painting. It circulated in some manuscripts, as in ours, with the citation that it was found in Eutropius' Annalibus Romanarum (See: Dobschutz, Christusbilder pp. 308-330)

    Our manuscript has a rubric reading "...eutropius in anna libus romanarum hanc episto; ara missam fuisse senato urbus rome. per lentulum romanium."

    Medieval Miniature, full page, on vellum from a manuscript of the Pseudo-Lentulus attibuted to Flavius Eutropius. Christ after the description of the Pseudo-Lentulus. France? c1423? Single leaf. 72 x 150mm. The forged letter of Lentulus to the Emperor Tiberius, actually dating from the 13th century, was no more than a physical description suitable for hagiographic accounts or religious painting. It circulated in some manuscripts, as in ours, with the citation that it was found in Eutropius' Annalibus Romanarum (See: Dobschutz, Christusbilder 308-330)
    "Flavius Eutropius was probably a native of Italy who lived in the fourth century.He was private secretary under Constantine the Great and afterwards accompanied Julian in the expedition against the Persians, and in the year 371 was proconsul in Asia. By the direction of the Emperor Valens, he composed an Epitome of Roman History, in 10 books, from the founding of the city to the reign of Jovian... There is an extant letter, purporting to be written from Jersualem by Publius Lentulus and containing a description of the person of Jesus Christ, which has been published as belonging to Eutropius... with the inscription "Lenuli epistola, &c. quae apud Eutropius in annalibus Senat. Rom. extat" What Eutropius or what the annals can here be designated is unknown." [J.J. Eshenberg, Manual of Classical Literature, 1849, p637.
    Our manuscript has a rubric reading "...eutropius in anna libus romanarum hanc episto;ara missam fuisse senato urbus rome. per lentulum romanium."
    Fine Medieval Miniature from a French Book of Hours on vellum with text on verso in a Batarde Secretary hand. Christ stands center looking right with his right hand raised in a blessing and his left holding his robe, his feet are exposed.He is in silver and gray tones. In robe is in a light brown highlighted in gold. He has a gold nimbus. The ground is in browns and greens with rocks and bushes. In the rear are castleated towns and hills and a sky in several blues. There is a small dark border compartment at the bottom with a date of 143?.There is a border in gold and red (rubbed). On the verso are 22 lines in a French Batarde Secretary script in brown and red with on small initial in blue, white and gold. Three bars in blue, red and gold. The text claims this description of Christ was found in the annalibus of Eutropius.
    Some rubbing and small holes (only visable if held up to light). Medieval miniature. Illuminated.Manuscript.



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