Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry


Folio 186r

To illustrate the Office for Pentecost Mass, Jean Colombe has painted a miniature which re-creates in a smaller format the scene heading the Hours of the Holy Ghost (folio 79r).
It is centered around the Virgin who kneels before an open book. Unlike the larger miniature, there was not room enough here to show all the apostles, and the cenacle is different, but the dove, the golden rays of the Holy Ghost, and the Virgin's mantle are similar.
The event takes place in the choir of a modest chapel, enclosed by wrought iron gates and a wooden partition. Despite the ornate decoration of the pillars, the architecture is in the Gothic style.
The ornamental letters and foliage also date from the second period of the manuscript's decoration.

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