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The Gotha Missal
The Gotha Missal
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Master of the Boqueteaux and Workshop
Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum; blind-tooled leather binding
Codex: 28.3 x 20.6 x 4.8 cm (11 1/8 x 8 1/8 x 1 7/8 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1962.287
The artist received his name because of his tendency to draw trees that resembled little mushrooms.
The style and quality of this manuscript's decoration is typical of deluxe Parisian books made for aristocratic or royal patrons. Most of the book's decoration appears to be the work of the Master of the Boqueteaux, an artist active at the court of King Charles V (died 1380). His style was apparently shared by a number of book illuminators working in and around Paris. It is very possible that the Gotha Missal belonged to Charles V, but is not provable because the manuscript has no royal portraits and lacks a colophon. Given the book's magnificent decoration, however, it would seem that it was produced for a Valois prince, if not for the king himself. The manuscript receives its name from the German dukes of Gotha, its later owners.
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