Invention et translation du corps de Saint Antoine

Object Details

Title:

Invention et translation du corps de Saint Antoine

Artist/Maker:

Dreux Jean or workshop (Flemish, active 1448 - 1467)
and Master of the Brussels Romuléon and workshop (Flemish, active about 1465)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Brussels (probaby) Belgium Bruges (or) Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1465–1470

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with saffron-colored doeskin

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XI 8

Dimensions:

Leaf: 24.8 × 17.6 cm (9 3/4 × 6 15/16 in.)

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The Discovery and Translation of the Body of Saint Anthony relates the remarkable life story of Saint Anthony Abbot, followed by an account of the miracles associated with his relics after his death, both in French (Invention et translation du corps de Saint Antoine). A full-page miniature divided into four scenes is devoted to each half of the narrative near the beginning of the manuscript, and a series of historiated initials decorates the rest of the text. The illuminations are executed in a grisaille technique, where the predominant purple-gray is sometimes heightened with gold or embellished with other touches of color.

The most imposing and accomplished illumination in the book is a half-page miniature placed at the end that shows the patron of the manuscript kneeling in prayer before Saint Anthony Abbot. This image, likely by the Flemish artist Dreux Jean, is surrounded by a full border that incorporates the still unidentified coat of arms of the patron.

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