Description & Technical information

The substantial dimensions, wide clean borders, and rich cycle of illumination distinguish this handsome Book of Hours. Its illumination typifies manuscript production in Bruges in the third quarter of the fifteenth century in the workshop of the Dutchman Willem Vrelant, and it is certainly by one of the hands of his atelier.  Especially striking is the predominantly grey and black palette (known as grisaille or, in this case, semi-grisaille), with details carefully highlighted in liquid gold and touches of blue pigment used sparingly to bring out features of the settings.

Date:  1450-60
Period:  1400-1600, 15th century
Origin:  Belgium, Bruges
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art