The Betrayal (Opening of Lauds, Hours of the Cross)

French (Paris)
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1400
Workshop of Jacquemart de Hesdin (French, active in Paris in 1380–1411)

Place of Manufacture: Paris, France


Overall: 10.2 x 5.8 cm (4 x 2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tempera and gold on parchment

Not On View





Miniature from a Book of Hours depicting in the center of the scene, Judas, at left, kisses Christ’s cheek as the armed High Priest and his servants move in from the right to seize him. Christ heals the ear of kneeling Malchus, who holds a club and wears a wide mantle spread on the ground. A crowd of apostles stands at the left of the scene, balancing the crowd of servants at the right. The apostle Peter stands at the front of the crowd, sheathing the sword with which he cut off Malchus’ ear. A figure in the back of the crowd holds aloft a lantern against the diapered background.


Until 1943, Miss E. M. Ranshaw (d. by 1943), London; February 9, 1943, posthumous Ranshaw sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 106, to Raphael Rosenberg [see note 1]; sold by Raphael Rosenberg to his brother, Saemy Rosenberg, Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; 1943, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to the MFA for $2500 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: October 14, 1943)

[1] Miss Ranshaw had owned a total of sixteen miniatures from the same Book of Hours, which were sold together in 1943. Grete Ring, Arthur Kauffmann, and Raphael Rosenberg bought them, acquiring four leaves each (selling the remaining four leaves to a private collector, F. Springell). The four leaves acquired by Rosenberg are MFA accession numbers 43.212 - 43.515. [2] MFA accession numbers 43.212 - 43.215 were acquired together for this price.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund