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A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF A POST GOLDEN AGE HORAE FROM THE PARIS CAPITOL
Book of Hours (use of Paris)
In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Northern France, Paris, c. 1445-1455
11 full-page miniatures by an anonymous Parisian illuminator, a late follower of the Egerton Master and the Guise Master
This luxurious Parisian Book of Hours, painted with generous amounts of gold and luminous colors, is by an illuminator who knew intimately the work of the great masters of the first quarter of the century of French painting, the Egerton, Guise, Boucicaut and Bedford Masters.
Eleven fine miniatures portray the events in charming landscapes and richly draped interiors.
The artistic identity of this anonymous artist deserves further study and will contribute to our understanding of how Parisian book painting developed in the middle of the fifteenth century.