The Nativity: Leaf from a Book of Hours (3 of 6 Excised Leaves)

The Nativity: Leaf from a Book of Hours (3 of 6 Excised Leaves)

c. 1420-1430

Henri d'Orquevaulx or Workshop

(French)

Ink, tempera and gold on vellum

Each leaf: 16.1 x 12.6 cm (6 5/16 x 4 15/16 in.)

The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2001.75

Description

These leaves survive from what must have been an extraordinarily rich book of hours. Stylistically, the illuminations relate to the workshop of Henri d'Orquevaulx, a documented Metz manuscript painter. Little is known about d'Orquevaulx's life or career. Compositionally, structurally, and stylistically, the miniatures suggest strong links to Netherlandish illumination.

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