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The Agony In The Garden, In 'The Hamelden Hours'

The Agony In The Garden, In 'The Hamelden Hours'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 302

Item number: f.20v

Length: 14.5

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This book of hours is illuminated in a style combining features typical of a group of manuscripts made in Suffolk, probably Bury St. Edmunds. Heraldry in one of the initials indicates that the manuscript was made for a member of the Hamelden family, of Holton St. Peter in Suffolk. This parish is on the outskirts of Halesworth, in an industrial estate where Bernard Matthews turkey products are made. The Agony in the Garden--when Christ prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, while the disciples sleep, shortly before being arrested--is an uncommon subject in books of hours made in England. It is one of several scenes that suggests that the artist had a knowledge of Netherlandish book production.

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