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Sunday, June 03, 2007

The Right Hand of God

Jean Fouquet (French, ca. 1415/20–1478/81)
Leaf from the Hours of Étienne Chevalier: The Right Hand of God Protecting the Faithful against Demons, ca. 1452–60
Tempera and gold leaf on parchment; 7 5/8 x 5 3/4 in. (19.4 x 14.6 cm)
Metropolitan Museum, New York


The miniature decorates the page that contains the opening words of vespers for the Hours of the Holy Spirit.

It shows the faithful standing in the foreground on a terrace, looking up at the hand of God, as demons flee.

The background is an accurate depiction of medieval Paris, in which you can see amongst others Notre Dame Cathedral.