EVIDENCE OF A SPECIAL EARLY MOMENT IN PARISIAN BOOK PRODUCTION EXPRESSIVE OF NORTHERN REALISM
Book of Hours (Use of Paris)
In French and Latin, illuminated manuscript, on parchment
France, Paris, c. 1400-1410
15 large miniatures by the Master of the Bible Historiale MS fr. 159
This beautifully executed and unusual Parisian Book of Hours was painted at the time of the Duke of Berry. The “realism” seen in the illuminations represents a special moment in Parisian art, one exemplifying its northern origins. The miniatures are attributed to one of the artists responsible for the Bible Historiale also referred to as the Master of the Bible Historiale fr. 159 (Paris, BnF MS fr. 159). The female patron who ordered the book appears twice in the miniatures.