POCKET-SIZED ART GALLERY FROM THE CATHEDRAL TOWN OF REIMS IN THE CHAMPAGNE DISTRICT
Book of Hours (use of Reims)
In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment
France, Reims, c. 1450
with five large miniatures by the Master of Walters 269
Readily held in one hand or hidden away in a pocket, this diminutive Book of Hours comes from the great Cathedral town of Reims in the Champagne district. Our painter is named after a manuscript in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Easy to read, often written with large sections in French instead of Latin, many Books of Hours in this group were made for women. The rich and colorful borders are full of strawberries, forget-me-nots, and daisies, and many text pages display delicate sprays of flowers. The artistic roots of the style are Parisian.