The Virgin Mary in a long robe, crowned and with a halo, her hands pressed together in a gesture of prayer, surrounded by a glory, is seated on the arc of the firmament within a mandorla. To her left and right are two naked putti playing musical instruments. Above her there is a haloed head with two trumpets issuing from the mouth, within an arc from which tongues of fire descend; beneath her feet the head of an angel. The mandorla is supported by four clothed angels positioned in the corners of the outer frame. A second impression of this woodcut is known from the first page [a1r] of the unique copy of the Miracoli della Madonna, Bologna: Guiglermo Piemontese, 14 June 1491, formerly in the Antonio Bertoloni, Fairfax Murray, and Tammaro de Marinis collections; see Catalogue d’une collection d’anciens livres à figures italiens appartenant à Tammaro de Marinis, introd. by S. de Ricci (Milan, 1925), no. 122 with pl. CXLVI; Sander 4310 with pl. 466. This edition forms the basis on which an approximate date and place of origin can be assigned to the woodcut.
refs. Nixon, Broxbourne, 38 (brief notice).
Binding: Kept in a cloth-covered portfolio gold-tooled on the upper board ‘woodcut binding 1491’.
Provenance: Albert Ehrman (1890–1969); armorial book-plate; purchased in 1945 from Sotheby/McLeish for £24; ledger no. ‘R 284’. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.
shelfmark: Broxb. 31.7.