MADE FOR AN URBAN ELITE COUPLE IN ROUEN, THE CENTER SECOND ONLY TO PARIS IN FIFTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE
Book of Hours (Use of Rouen)
In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript, on parchment
France, Rouen, c. 1480-1490 (dated 1490)
14 miniatures by Robert Boyvin, with borders probably by Jean Serpin
Fresh and clean, this richly illuminated Book of Hours literally sparkles with gold leaf and azurite. Colorful borders on every page complement the extensive cycle of full-page pictures, confirming that this no ordinary production. Rather it was a special order for the man (a judge?) and woman portrayed kneeling before the Virgin and Child. The style of the illuminations and the lively borders fit well within the formative work of the well-documented artist Robert Boyvin and his frequent collaborator Jean Serpin. Dated Books of Hours are rare and provide important indices of changing artistic styles.