Missal of Petrus Krüger


Bavarian State Library

Bavarian State Library
Munich, Germany

Regensburg, 1406

According to a note in the book, the missal was acquired for the monastery of St. Emmeram in Regensburg in 1406 under the Abbot Ulrich Pettendorfer (†1423). It was written by Petrus Krüger from Silesia. The original illumination shows some characteristics of Regensburg, but the majority of the miniatures is inspired by Bohemian art of a Silesian character. This suggests that the writer Petrus Krüger was probably also the illuminator. The canon page was later illuminated by Berthold Furtmeyr in Regensburg between 1480/90.

Fol. 41v: Expectant Mary. Shortly before delivery, the heavily pregnant Mary sits on the bed, reading in an opened book. The words from the Gospel of Luke can be recognized (when strongly magnified) by which Mary agrees with the plan of God to bear his son: "Ecce ancilla domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum (Lc 1,38); in pace" (Behold the handmaiden of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word, in peace). Above the roof, on the right, a prophet points to a golden inscription written into the blue night sky. It cites the outset of the Christmas vigil: "Hodie scietis quia veniet dominus (et salvabit nos): et mane videbis gloriam eius" (This day you shall know the Lord will come (and save us): and in the morning you shall see His glory).


  • Title: Missal of Petrus Krüger
  • Date Created: 1406
  • Location: Regensburg
  • Publisher: Bavarian State Library
  • External Link: Browse completely
  • Medium: Parchment
  • Signatur: Clm 14045

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