Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
MEDITATIONS ON THE PASSION, in Spanishff. 1-44: [f. 1, title added in a cursive script] Exercio [sic] de la consideracion en la vida y pasion de christo nuestro Rede[mp]tor. [f. 1v, full page miniature; f. 2, Prologue:] Aviso y instrucion para dicho exercicio y de los frutos que se alcançan por el, Si quereys ser perfetamente mundado y purgado de todos vicios…[f. 8, Text:] Siguen las veinte y quatro horas de la passion de nuestro señor Ihesu christo con sus oraciones. A la tarde a seys horas. Oracion, O misericordiosissimo señor Jesu Christo a Vos sea loor gloria y honor…y despues de la muerte pueda alcancer Reposo eterno. Por Vos my señor Jesu Christo que Viveys y reynais con dios el padre y santo espiritu por todos los siglos de los siglos. Amen. [f. 44v, blank] Parchment, ff. ii (modern paper) + 44 + ii (modern paper); 82 × 58 (58 × 39) mm. 18(-1) 2-48 58(-8) 66. 12 long lines, frame ruled in lead. Written in an italic script. Twenty-five full page miniatures enclosed in simple gold frames: f. 1v, Nativity; f. 7v, Christ and the apostles walking towards the Mount of Olives; f. 9, Christ in Gethsemane, the bitter cup appearing before him as the apostles sleep; f. 10v, an angel appears before Christ, holding the Cross, as the apostles continue to sleep; f. 12, Kiss of Judas, who holds the bag of silver; f. 13v, the soldiers seize Christ, as Peter, with sword upraised, prepares to strike Malchus; f. 15, soldiers lead Christ to the city gates; f. 16v, Christ before Annas; f. 18, Denial of Peter with a cock standing on the windowsill; f. 19v, Christ before Caiaphas; f. 21, Christ blindfolded and insulted by his captors, one of whom blows a horn in his ear; f. 22v, Buffeting of Christ: 2 tormentors about to strike Christ as a third spits in his eye; f. 24, a soldier pulls Christ’s beard, as 2 other men hit him; f. 25v, Christ brought before Pilate; f. 27, Christ before Herod; f. 28v, Flagellation; f. 30, Crowning with thorns, as a palm leaf is thrust into Christ’s hands and the crown is pressed down on his forehead; f. 31v, Ecce Homo; f. 33, Road to Calvary, as Veronica prepares to wipe the face of the fallen Christ; f. 34v, Raising of the Cross; f. 36, Crucifixion between the 2 thieves with Mary and John the Evangelist on either side of the Cross; f. 37v, Stephaton offering the sponge to Christ; f. 39, Longinus, on horseback, piercing Christ’s side with his lance; f. 40v, Deposition from the Cross; f. 42, Entombment, with the date 1591 written in gold across the back of the cave. 2-line initials in different colors on colored rectangular grounds, patterned in gold, begin the 25 divisions of the text. Rubrics throughout. Bound, s. XVIII, in Spanish mottled calf; gold tooled; gilt edges; in a modern slipcase of brown morocco. Written in Spain in 1591. Belonged to Robert Hoe: Cat. (1909) pp. 155-56; his sale, Anderson, New York, 1912, pt. IV, n. 2334 to G. D. Smith. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 85.
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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