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Description Illuminated in the style of the Master of the Black Prayerbook, this manuscript was created ca. 1460-1470. It contains features in the calendar that indicate a destination of Bruges, and aspects of the litany point to the city of Liège. The manuscript is currently misbound, but an attempt has been made to reconstruct the original order of the quires. The full-page miniatures and historiated initials are painted with a mixture of grisaille and colored techniques. There may be a reference to the patron and their family taking communion on fol. 47v.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/20/1960Treatmentcleaned
7/28/2014Treatmentexamined for digitization; media consolidation; splits mended
Exhibitions
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Art in the Book:The Vision of Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture in Illuminated Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1989.
  • The Illuminated Initial. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991-1992.
Provenance Johannes Reitmakers, ca. 1663 [1]. Léon Gruel, Paris, late 19th-early 20th century [2]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, early 20th century; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Effaced monogram at top right of fol. 1r (only visible under UV light); inscription in brown ink in lower margin of fol. 1r: "Ioannes Reitmakers/anno 1663" [2] Bookplate on inside of upper board
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1460-1470
Medium
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.190
Measurements
Folio H: 6 7/8 × W: 4 5/8 in. (17.5 × 11.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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