Saturday, June 13, 2015

The feast day of St. Anthony

"Saint Anthony of Padua," about 1469, Taddeo Crivelli. Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment.

The Getty Museum reminds us that today is the feast day of St. Anthony!

The Gualenghi-d'Este Hours, a tiny, hand-held manuscript, was the personal prayer book of Andrea Gualengo and his wife, Orsina d'Este, who was a member of the ruling family of Ferrara, Italy where this manuscript was made. The text of the manuscript comprises the standard readings found in books of hours, including the Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms, the Hours of the Holy Cross, the Office for the Dead, and Suffrages, which are prayers to saints.

On this manuscript page, the Franciscan friar Saint Anthony of Padua kneels in prayer while a mule bows down before a basket in front of him. Although the mule had been fasting for three days, the animal ignores the wheat in the basket and kneels respectfully before the consecrated Eucharist placed on top of the wheat. According to legend, this miracle took place in Toulouse, France.


Taddeo Crivelli was one of the illuminators who introduced the Renaissance style into manuscript painting in Ferrara. His first known miniatures date to the early 1450s.

"Saint Anthony of Padua," about 1469, Taddeo Crivelli. Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment.

Explore the other pages of this extraordinary manuscript: http://bit.ly/1FeYlY8

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