User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

The Betrayal (Opening of Lauds, Hours of the Cross)

Start collecting

Miniature from a Book of Hours depicting in the center of the scene, Judas, at left, kisses Christ's cheek as the armed High Priest and his servants move in from the right to seize him. Christ heals the ear of kneeling Malchus, who holds a club and wears a wide mantle spread on the ground. A...

Show Full Description

Provenance

Until 1943, Miss E. M. Ranshaw (d. by 1943), London; February 9, 1943, posthumous Ranshaw sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 106, to Raphael Rosenberg [see note 1]; sold by Raphael Rosenberg to his brother, Saemy Rosenberg, Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; 1943, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to the MFA for $2500 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: October 14, 1943) NOTES: [1] Miss Ranshaw had owned a total of sixteen miniatures from the same Book of Hours, which were sold together in 1943. Grete Ring, Arthur Kauffmann, and Raphael Rosenberg bought them, acquiring four leaves each (selling the remaining four leaves to a private collector, F. Springell). The four leaves acquired by Rosenberg are MFA accession numbers 43.212 - 43.515. [2] MFA accession numbers 43.212 - 43.215 were acquired together for this price.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

French (Paris), Medieval (Gothic), about 1400

Place of Manufacture

Paris, France

Dimensions

Overall: 10.2 x 5.8 cm (4 x 2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.213

Medium or Technique

Tempera and gold on parchment

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts