Jan 27, 2022
Jan 20, 2005
Jan 27, 2022

The Ascension: Leaf from a Book of Hours (4 of 6 Excised Leaves)

The Ascension: Leaf from a Book of Hours (4 of 6 Excised Leaves)

c. 1420–30

Ink, tempera, silver, and gold on vellum

Overall: 15.9 x 11.6 cm (6 1/4 x 4 9/16 in.)

The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2001.76


Did you know?

Mostly used by women, books of hours are estimated to have been owned by every fourth household at the height of their popularity.


This leaf survives from what must have been an extraordinarily rich book of hours. The elaborate Passion cycle and Suffrages point to an important patron. Internal evidence within the original calendar and texts indicates that Metz was the probable place of production. Stylistically, the illuminations appear to come from the workshop of Henri d’Orquevaulx, a documented Metz manuscript painter. Compositionally, structurally, and stylistically, the miniatures suggest strong links to Netherlandish illumination. It is not known whether d’Orquevaulx came originally from the Netherlands or whether he simply worked or trained there at some point in his career.

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