The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 26, 2024

Leaf Excised from a Book of Hours: The Nativity

Leaf Excised from a Book of Hours: The Nativity

c. 1480
Location: not on view

Description

This book, made by an artist of the Ghent-Bruges school of illumination, represents the culmination of Flemish book painting. Its main features were the use of rich colors, decorative and illusionistic effects, a love of landscape, and a strong sense of visual narrative. Its most distinctive innovation was the development of a new style of border decoration featuring realistic motifs which cast shadows onto colored grounds to create an effect of spaciousness. These motifs included a diverse assortment of flowers, butterflies, insects, birds, and sprays of acanthus foliage.
  • [Sotheby's, London, 25 June 1985, lot 17]; [Sam Fogg, London]; [Bruce Ferrini, Akron]
  • Fliegel, Stephen N. The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection of Manuscript Illuminations. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1999. Mentioned and Reproduced: p. 59, cat. no. 57 archive.org
  • The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection of Manuscript Illuminations. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 19, 1999-February 27, 2000).
    The Netherlandish Miniature, 1260-1550 (Manuscript Rotation) - Gallery 115. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 16, 2013-December 8, 2014).
    CMA, 19 December 1999 - 27 February 2000, The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection of Manuscript Illuminations, cat. 57, illus. p. 59.
    Main Gallery Rotation (gallery 115): December 16, 2013 - December 8, 2014.
  • {{cite web|title=Leaf Excised from a Book of Hours: The Nativity|url=false|author=Master of the First Prayerbook of Maximillian|year=c. 1480|access-date=26 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/2011.64