This Christmas card features one of the illuminated pages in the Belles Heures du Duc de Berry (The Beautiful Hours of the Duke of Berry) manuscript, a lush and richly illustrated Book of Hours from the early 15th century. Jean de France commissioned Franco-Netherlandish artists known as the Limbourg brothers to enhance his liturgical text with 172 illuminations that mix Northern European style naturalistic themes with Italianate figures.
In this particular illustration, wise men from the East have made their long journey to Bethlehem where they offer their infamous gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the infant Christ.
"And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:9-11
5" x 7"
*printed on fine, white linen card stock