Description & Technical information

The “prince of illumination” Simon Marmion was responsible for this Book of Hours. This beautiful manuscript is remarkable for its delicate painting executed in soft, pastel tones, known as “semi-grisaille,” a technique Marmion perfected. A wealthy monastery, St.-Jean-Baptiste of Valenciennes, commissioned the book, and the foundation also owned panel paintings (now destroyed) by the famous artist. Born in Amiens, Marmion moved in 1458 to the more flourishing town of Valenciennes then in the County of Hainaut to take advantage of the patronage of the affluent Dukes of Burgundy who controlled the town. The Dukes also actively sponsored art in local religious foundations.

Date:  1475-1480
Period:  1400-1600, 15th century
Origin:  France, Valenciennes
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art