This leaf may have been part of a prayer book, probably a Book of Hours. Especially Flemish Books of Hours were often composed of a text block, in which textless miniatures were inserted. This leaf is possibly from the opening for the Office of the Immaculate Conception or for the Suffrages to the Virgin’s mother Anne.
The miniature itself shows the Virgin’s mother Saint Anne sitting on a lawn bench. She is before a high blue canopy with golden patterns and pious inscriptions referring to the Virgin and her mother. Anne, depicted as a mature woman with blue headscarf and white veil, is clothed in a golden dress and a fawn cape. She reads from a book while her youthful daughter, in a light blue robe with open blond hair, sits at her feet, embracing the little boy on her lap. The Christ Child holds a small golden ball with a red contour in his hands that could either be an orb or a fruit. In the background, elaborate architecture is visible that could well hint to an actual Flemish city. Two peacocks and a veiled figure with a stick and a dog walk the streets.
The miniature is surrounded by a charming four-sided border in the typical Ghent-Bruges fashion with a variety of rosebuds and rose flowers, accompanied by a peacock, a parrot, and butterflies on liquid gold ground.
See also our miniature of David from the Bening workshop.