Description & Technical information

Germain Hardouyn and his brother Gilles registered as “illuminators” as well as printers, which was uncommon in the book trade.  As such, printed Books of Hours like this one from their shop are often exceptionally well painted, resembling illuminated manuscripts. Another illuminator-painter, Jean Pichore, thought of as the most successful illuminator and printer in Paris around 1500, designed the woodcuts for this imprint. This copy survives as a splendid example of the printed book that deliberately imitates a manuscript.

Date:  1526
Period:  1400-1600, 16th Century
Origin:  France, Paris
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art