Easter: the Three Marys at the Tomb

It is finally Easter! We celebrate the occasion with this delightful illumination depicting the meeting between the Three Marys, the followers of Jesus who had gone visit the by then empty tomb, and the Angel who appeared to them to announce the Resurrection.

The artist, Pellegrino di Mariano, encloses the scenes inside a letter A in the form of a dragon. This is idea was borrowed by the works of his own master and collaborator Giovanni di Paolo, one of the distinctive manuscript illuminators in Siena during the Renaissance.

Folia Magazine wishes a happy Easter to anyone who celebrates it!


"The Three Marys at the Tomb", historiated initial A, leaf from a gradual, ms. M2223, f. r, ca. 1471, Stanford University Libraries, Department of Special Collections and University, Stanford, California.

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