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Christ appearing to the Virgin

This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1415-1420.

This miniature precedes Matins of the Hours of the Holy Spirit. Christ's appearance to the Virgin after his Resurrection cannot be found in Scripture. Medieval authors invented the story to show that Christ did not neglect his mother in her grief over her son's death. It shows Christ after the Resurrection appearing to his mother. This miniature was painted by a follower of the Egerton Master, an illuminator active in Paris ca. 1405-1420. This master is one of four, possibly five, artists who worked on this manuscript. In the later Middle Ages, illuminated manuscripts were most often produced in workshops that employed several artists. These commercial workshops developed in response to the growing demand in lay society for beautifully illuminated manuscripts.

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