MINIATURIST, Netherlandish
(active 1430s in Utrecht)

Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves

Manuscript (M. 917 and 945)
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York

The miniature on folio 168v in the section of the Office of the Dead. It shows the mouth of the Hell, a horrific combination of monster, cauldron and infernal city. In origin, this probably goes back to St John's apocalyptic visions and their imagery of the New Jerusalem. But by the 14th century such visual archetypes had become universal.

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