PROCESSIONAL (Dominican Use)
In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment
France (Rouen), c. 1520-1530; c. 1525-1550; 1674
12 historiated initials and 2 full-page illuminated borders by an artist working in the circle of the Master of Girard Acarie
Made for the Dominican nuns of the royal convent of St. Matthew in Rouen, this Processional is a fine example of the skill of the artists working during the last flowering of medieval manuscript illumination in northern France. Larger and certainly more lavishly illuminated than most surviving Processionals, it is a valuable witness to the liturgy and music at this convent. Extensive revisions by the nuns themselves make this a multi-layered artifact that will repay further study.