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Leaf from a Breviary
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Leaf from a Breviary

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Description Hidden within a jungle of flowering vines, an ape attempts to unlock the secret to a three-dimensional puzzle. Medieval artists were fond of depicting animals, in particular apes and monkeys, engaged in human activities. In medieval Europe, the term "aping" was used to describe the mimicking of human nature, so showing apes acting like people was a play on this idea.
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Leon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1894, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1894

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parchment with ink, paint and gold
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 8 7/16 x W: 6 1/4 in. (21.5 x 15.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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