The Visitation: Leaf from a Book of Hours (5 of 6 Excised Leaves)

The Visitation: Leaf from a Book of Hours (5 of 6 Excised Leaves)

c. 1420

Ink, tempera and gold on vellum

Each leaf: 16.1 x 12.5 cm (6 5/16 x 4 15/16 in.)

The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2003.172


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Originally used solely by the ordained, by the 1000s, these prayers had spread to the general population through their inclusion in books of hours.


This leaf survives 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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