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Made in southern Germany about 1440, but the provenance of the codex is not recorded. Its opening miniature on folio 1 verso is unusual for a Speculum manuscript. 24 Unlike the Darmstadt Hs 2505 of the Speculum, the entry into Egypt of Chapter XI does not show the falling of the idols at the passage of Christ (fig. II-15). 23. Reproductions of the miniatures of this manuscript, in color but reduced size, were published with a few pages of the text in Heilsspiegel, with an Afterword and Explanation by Horst Appuhn, in Die bibliophilen Taschenbücher series, no.
Some of the scenes differ strongly in their iconography from other Speculum manuscripts, and as a result of the lack of perspective, the Christ child's cradle is floating in the air. There is no suggestion of a manger or shelter of any kind (fig. II-23). The drawings are in the same ink as the text which suggests that they were sketched by the scribe himself. On folio 1 verso is written "Officium de Sancto Johanne de Bridlyntona" in a script very like that of the text. This Johannes was a regular prior of Bridlington in the County of York; he had studied at Oxford and was canonized in 1401.
Cit. < previous page page_34 next page > < previous page page_35 next page > Page 35 II-9. c. The Marriage of Adam and Eve. d. The Temptation. Speculum humanæ salvationis, Chapter I. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Clm 146, fol. 4 recto. 21 The miniatures of the Munich copy are framed in pen lines and in some of them the corners and the halos are painted in a terra cotta color, possibly to prepare them for the addition of gold. The only finished painted miniature, of God with a gold halo uniting Adam and Eve (fig.
A Medieval Mirror by Adrian Wilson, Joyce Lancaster Wilson