This leaf was most likely once part of a History Bible, although the intimate octavo format might indicate another type of devotional literature. Still, there are no independent publications of the Life of the Virgin in prose from this context known.
The text in German vernacular found its way to a lay public, as is evidenced by numerous surviving manuscripts, fragments, and printed editions.
The distinctive and impressive, bold and confidently executed style of the pen drawing – as well as the colouring features – can be linked to the workshop of Diebold Lauber in Hagenau (Alsace). He was among the foremost book producers of the second half of the 15th century in the Upper Rhine region.