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The Birth of Alexander
Master of the Jardin de vertueuse consolation and assistant (Flemish, active 3rd quarter of 15th century)
French and Flemish
Lille (written) France Bruges (illuminated) Belgium (Place created)
about 1470 - 1475
Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 43.2 x 33 cm (17 x 13 in.)
To the right, the
The illuminator made the ancient story concrete and accessible by depicting the scene in a fifteenth-century setting. The raised canopy bed with velvet bedspread and hangings, the sideboard with plate and ewers, and the fabrics and fashions of the women's luxuriously detailed dresses all reflect the lavish style of the Burgundian court.