Search collection catalog »
E-NEWS Facebook logo Twitter logo Google logo YouTube

Drawings & Prints

Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

Printed Books & Bindings

Literary & Historical Manuscripts

Music Manuscripts & Printed Music

Ancient Near Eastern Seals & Tablets


Paintings & Art Objects


Collections | Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

Views: List | Single work | Overview Zoom+
Book of Hours

Adoration of the Magi
Book of Hours, in Latin and French
Northern France; Belgium, ca. 1480
Illuminated by Simon Marmion
165 x 110 mm.
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1900; MS M.6, fol. 44v
See more information »

Simon Marmion was called the very prince of book illumination by Renaissance poet Jean Lemaire, who also equated him with Jean Fouquet and Jan van Eyck. Based in Valenciennes, Marmion was active from the late 1450s until his death in 1489, executing commissions for the highly refined tastes of the court of Burgundy. This miniature of The Adoration of the Magi exemplifies the artist's subtle palette (he favors salmon pink, lilac, and pistachio green) and his delicate figures with their gentle features and restrained gestures. Below the miniature is a border of strewn flowers and berries. Such trompe-l'oeil borders would become a popular feature of Flemish manuscripts. Painted around 1480, this codex reveals Marmion to be an early master of these foliate marvels.

List of works
Text only list
Search images

Order images
Top of page

© The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, (212) 685-0008

Home Museum »
Visit the Museum
Public Programs
Collection »
Collection highlights
Online Exhibitions
Music Manuscripts Online
The Drawing Institute
CORSAIR Collection Catalog
Research »
CORSAIR Collection Catalog
Research Services
Reading Room
Research Guides
The Drawing Institute
Photography & Rights
About »
History of the Morgan
The Morgan Campus
Support »
Make a Donation
Corporate Membership
Corporate Entertaining
Shop Contact

E-News | Site Index | Terms and Conditions

The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.