Mary with child, Nicholas and Lucia

Date of news: 6 December 2015

Fol. 147v

Saint Nicholas of Myra, whose feast day is celebrated on December 6, is depicted in the middle. Because he used to be a bishop he is shown wearing a mitre and holding bishop’s staff. On his left we see Mary with the baby Jesus in her arms, one of the many depictions of Mary with child that can be found throughout the book. The corresponding feast is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8. On Saint Nicholas’ right we find Lucia of Syracuse, whose feast day is December 13. After surviving several assassination attempts, she was finally killed by a dagger to the throat. This explains why she is depicted with a sword.