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Masters of the Dark Eyes Missal

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Description This Latin Missal was written in Utrecht, Netherlands, ca. 1500. Portraits of the original owners, whose names are not recorded, are accompanied by heraldry indicating that the husband was of the family of St. Ferreol of Dauphine; the wife was of the Cambronne of Ponthieu family. The manuscript is heavily illuminated with more than fifty historiated initials and miniatures by a group of artists known in scholarship as the "Masters of the Dark Eyes." The marginal decoration is also notable, for along with naturalistic flowers, insects, and jewels, there are several instances where the margin itself is historiated. This Missal provides an excellent example of the "Masters of the Dark Eyes" style, and there are a number of related manuscripts that have been identified by these same artists, including two at The Hague: KB, 76 G 9, and KB, 135 E 19.
  • Real People in the Middle Ages: Donor Portraits in Illuminated Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • The Origins of Dutch Painting: Manuscripts from the Fifteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • For This is My Body: The Medieval Missal. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Duke of Hamilton Collection, Berlin, by purchase [date of acquisition unknown]; W. Flower, London, 1889, by purchase [at Hamilton Collection Sale, no. 40]; Henry White Collection, London, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Edwards (?), London, 1902, by purchase [at White Sale, no. 1513]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown, but through W.M. Voynich]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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late 15th-early 16th century
ink and pigments on well-finished cream-colored medium-weight parchment with heavier parchment used for illuminated pages covered with dark blue morocco with gold tooling
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 8 7/8 × W: 6 7/8 in. (22.6 × 17.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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