[A single leaf from] Acts of Apostles.

Paris, c. 1260. 4to., single leaf, 191 x 140 mm, 50 lines of text, lightly ruled in plummet, double column, in a very fine gothic hand, in black ink, running head-line and chapter headings in alternating red and blue, superb 19-line historiated initial “P” depicting the Ascension, the letter in blue with white tracery, framed in solid burnished gold, the stem bitten by a dragon in white and pink with yellow wings, curling round the base, the historiated scene showing some of the Apostles in blue and red with Mary in red, the feet of Christ above their heads as He ascends, elaborate marginal pen work in blue and red ink to recto and verso. The initial is of outstanding quality from a Bible presumably made for someone wealthier than a student. It is difficult to assign it to a specific atelier on stylistic grounds, but it seems closest to the Johannes Grusch atelier, one of the most productive and varied, as described by Robert Branner, “Manuscript Paining During the Reign of St. Louis,” 1977, pp. 82-86, illustrations 212-243. (Item Id: 108653)

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