Saint Christopher (Cutting possibly from a Vitae Sanctorum)

German
Medieval (Gothic)
15th century


Place of Manufacture: Germany

Dimensions

Overall: 10.5 x 8.7 cm (4 1/8 x 3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.531

Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Manuscripts

A cutting from an unknown source, possibly a vitae sanctorum for the use of Franciscan nuns, or an office book. The cutting contains text in Latin and a depiction of Saint Christopher wading across the river with the Christ Child on his back, holding a staff, beneath an architectural frame before which kneels a brown-habited nun (Franciscan?) with banderole in Gothic cursive reading “O heilige Cristopher bit fur mich.”

Inscription

Inscribed on banderole in Gothic cursive script: "O heilige Cristopher bit fur mich".

Markings

No watermark

Provenance

By September 1913, Dr. Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, gift of Dr. Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: February 15, 1917)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection