Description Walters manuscript W.171 is a document of the first importance in the history of Dutch manuscript illumination, and it contains an important medieval Dutch devotional text. The Tafel van den Kersten Ghelove is a compendium of Christian knowledge written by a learned Dominican, Dirc van Delf. The text is in two parts, one for winter, and one for summer. This manuscript is of the winter part, and it is incomplete, omitting the prologue and chapters 13,14, and 35-72. The arms of the Bavarian Counts of Holland and the kneeling owner on fol. 1 indicate that this manuscript was the actual copy prepared for the dedicatee of the text, Albrecht of Bavaria, Count of Holland, from the original text of his chaplain, and is therefore to be dated to 1404 at the latest, when Albrecht died. The manuscript consists of 165 folios and contains 35 historiated initials.
|11/19/1982||Examination||examined for loan|
|2/09/1983||Examination||examined for condition|
|12/29/1988||Treatment||examined for exhibition; stabilized; other|
- The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
- Medieval Art, 1060-1550. University Art Gallery, South Bend. 1974.
- Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
- Heavenly Bodies. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
- Decadent Decades: The Medieval Clothes Horse. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1989.
- The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting. Rijkmuseum Het Catharijneconvent, Utrecht; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. 1989-1990.
- Plants and Flowers in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991.
- The Book within the Book: Images of Books and Readers in Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
- The Origins of Dutch Painting: Manuscripts from the Fifteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
- The Art of Law: Legal Documents from the Collection of The Walters. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006.
- Mirror of a Medieval World. The Hours of Catherine of Cleves. Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen, Nijmegen. 2009-2010.
- Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton. 2012-2013.
Provenance Albert, Duke of Bavaria and Count of Holland (1389-1404), Utrecht, ca. 1404-1405, by commission; Gruel and Engelman, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [no. 93]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931
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