Description This illuminated page comes from a sixteenth-century book of hours. The manuscript was made for the Aussem family in Cologne, Germany, a provenance proclaimed through family heraldry within the manuscript, as well as the arms of Cologne stamped on its original leather binding. Lavishly illuminated throughout with full-page miniatures and historiated initials, the manuscript is just as notable for the marginal decorations that surround the figurative scenes. Illusionistic jewelry, architecture, texts, flowers, and insects abound.
Leaf from Aussem Hours: Prayer to the Three Magi, Adoration of the Magi with Illusionistic Text and Jewels in Margins
Provenance Aussem family, Cologne, early sixteenth century ; Marshall C. Lefferts Collection, New York, before 1901; purchased by George H. Richmond collection, New York, 1901. Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  fol. 58v coat of arms, fol. 82v kneeling donor
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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