Unfinished Miniature Illustrates Revelation 13:4-6, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'
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 image shows one of the many different stages of incompleteness which miniatures of the manuscript reached before the decorative work was abandoned. Some areas have not been painted at all; others have two-dimensional layers of plain; while others (such as faces) are more fully finished and modelled.