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Prayer Book with Passages from the Gospels

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Description This early sixteenth-century illuminated prayer book contains Latin prayers and passages from the Gospels. Although small in scale, it is notable for its abundance of illuminations, with nearly sixty extant small miniatures. Full-color portraits embellish the prayers to the Virgin and Suffrages, while the images within the Gospel narrative are rendered primarily in grisaille, a nearly entirely gray monochrome technique. The last folios include a trompe-l'oeil foliate margin and a Crucifixion that seems to be a later addition. Throughout the book gold initials on red or blue grounds mark the beginning of the prayers.
  • The Origins of Dutch Painting: Manuscripts from the Fifteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
Provenance Owned by Edwin H. Lawrence, London; Lawrence Sale, London, 1892, no. 527; purchased by W. C. Hazlitt, London, 1892. Marshall C. Lefferts collection, New York, late nineteenth century; purchased by George H. Richmond, New York, 1901. Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1st quarter 16th century
ink and pigments on thin to medium-weight, highly finished cream-colored parchment covered with red velvet with woven silk ribbon marker and ties of silk thread wrapped with silver
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Overall H: 5 1/8 x W: 3 15/16 in. (13 x 10 cm); Folio H: 5 1/8 × W: 3 3/4 in. (13 × 9.5 cm)
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