A RICHLY ILLUMINATED SEMI-GRISAILLE BOOK OF HOURS FROM THE WORKSHOP OF WILLEM VRELANT
Book of Hours (Use of Rome)
In Latin, illuminated manuscript, on parchment
Southern Low Countries, Bruges, c. 1450-60
11 large and 21 small miniatures by the Workshop of Willem Vrelant
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.