Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Saint Luke

Folio 18r

The extract from Saint Luke is related to the Annunciation: "And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth." (Luke I: 26)
By the same error which led the Limbourgs to represent an ox, the attribute of Luke, above Matthew, the angel traditionally attributed to Matthew appears over the miniature of Luke.
The Evangelist is shown against an archaic blue background with gold foliage which, along with the squared, lozenged, or floral ground favored in the fourteenth century, appears in many of the small miniatures in the Très Riches Heures but rarely in the large ones.
Luke sits on a high-backed chair and writes on a kind of desk. The beloved Greek physician who accompanied Saint Paul on all his journeys is inspired by the Holy Ghost again shown as a dove, and a ray of light falls on him from heaven.
Above, the angel sits on a magnificent branch and unrolls a scroll. In the left margin blooms more foliage, on which a bird seems to peck at a flower bud.

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