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Flagellation of Christ, in the Salvin Hours

Flagellation of Christ, in the Salvin Hours

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Additional MS 48985

Item number: f.37v

Length: 32

Width: 20.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Named for its 17th- to early 20th-century owners, the Salvin Hours is one of the largest and most richly decorated English books of hours. Its decoration, created by two artists, resembles contemporary wall paintings in the Oxford area, suggesting that it was made in a workshop there. Its original owner probably was a high-status person living in Lincoln because it also resembles 13th-century books of hours associated with that city. It lacks a calendar, which would have helped to locate its original place of use because it would have listed saints' feasts special to a particular place. The Hours of the Virgin was borrowed from the prayerbook used by monks to become the core of the Book of Hours. The hour of None (3 pm) begins with a picture from the Passion cycle, the Flagellation of Christ. The caricatures of Christ's tormentors which populate the Salvin Hours appear again here, their evil depicted with exaggeration and contrasting with the idealised Christ. The Passion cycle was one of two programmes which usually illustrated the Hours of the Virgin, the other, the Childhood of Christ, being more usual. As a fairly early book of hours, this manuscript varies from the conventions developed later.

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