This miniature comes from a deluxe breviary commissioned by the third duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good (1419-67), but completed after his death for his son and successor, Charles the Bold (1467-77), and his wife, Margaret of York. It survives with a sister leaf representing the Holy Virgins, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. These two leaves are today the sole tangible remnants from a breviary that was well-documented in its time. It once contained 624 folios, 95 full-page miniatures, 12 calendar vignettes, and several thousand small initials and marginal decoration.

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Leaf Excised from a Breviary of Charles the Bold and Margaret of York: The Martyrdom of Saint Denis, c. 1467-1470

tempera on vellum, Sheet: 15.20 x 11.20 cm (5 15/16 x 4 3/8 inches); Framed: 44.45 x 34.29 cm (17 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches); Matted: 40.64 x 30.48 cm (16 x 12 inches). John L. Severance Fund 2005.55

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