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Unfinished Miniature Of Works Of Charity, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Unfinished Miniature Of Works Of Charity, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.30r

Length: 33

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

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This Apocalypse manuscript contains the Latin text of the biblical book of Revelation, written on versos, with a commentary in French on the facing rectos, each with a miniature. The manuscript takes its name from two added inscriptions: one states that it was given to the Benedictine abbey of St. Mary, Abingdon, by a bishop of Salisbury; the other records that it was lent by the abbot and convent of Abingdon in 1362 to Joan, wife of King David II of Scotland.

This rather complex unfinished miniature includes two scenes of sick people being tended, and of loaves of bread being given to beggars. Some areas are not painted at all; others have a layer of flat unmodelled paint, through which the black ink drawing can still be seen.

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