Heures du Duc Louis de Savoie – Savoy, middle 15th century

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS. Lat. 947

In a paradise-like garden, a hortus conclusus, fortified by walls and towers, there is a huge and royally decorated blue tent with golden decors erected on a meadow spread with flowers and blooming trees. The garden and the golden ropes of the tent are inhabited by birds as they were kept in princely menageries. At the entrance of the flagged open tent Saint Barbara is enthroned with a crown on her virgin like loose hair. She holds a prayer book in her lap and is surrounded by angels playing music. The text under the miniature is a prayer to St Barbara: “Great is your faith, pray for my…” The miniature belongs to a book of hours of Duc Louis de Savoy.