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Miniature Of The Virgin And Child Adored By A Benedictine Monk, In The Coldingham Breviary

Miniature Of The Virgin And Child Adored By A Benedictine Monk, In The Coldingham Breviary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4664

Item number: f.125v

Length: 16.4

Width: 12.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Various kinds of evidence in this Breviary shows that it was made for Coldingham Priory, about 10 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed, in Scotland, perhaps at Durham: the abbey was a cell of Durham Cathedral Priory. The manuscript was certainly owned by a monk of Durham in the 16th century. Full-page miniatures are very rare in 13th-century Breviaries. This one shows a Benedictine monk (presumably intended to represent the original owner of the manuscript) kneeling before the enthroned Virgin and Child. He holds a scroll inscribed 'Ave Maria gr(atia plena)' (Hail Mary, full of grace), the words of the archangel Gabriel at The Annunciation.

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