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Master of the Dresden Prayer Book  

active: about 1465 - about 1515
illuminator
Flemish

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The anonymous illuminator known as the Master of the Dresden Prayer Book was a painter of tremendous originality. Named after a book of hours now in Dresden, he worked in Bruges from around 1465 until about 1515. At a time when artists favored elaborate costumes and contrived postures, this illuminator gave his figures a sweeter, more innocent quality. He had an uncanny ability to locate the humor or irony in a familiar story, and he showed particular sympathy for coarse or simple characters. The novelty of his colors--including bright oranges, teals, burgundies, rich blues, and sometimes black--often arranged in surprising combinations, further attests to the refreshing originality of his art.

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St. Mark / M Dresden Prayer
St. Mark

Flemish, about 1480

Madonna / M Dresden Prayer
Madonna

Flemish, about 1480

St. John / M Dresden Prayer
St. John

Flemish, about 1480

St. John Baptist / M Dresden Prayer
St. John Baptist

Flemish, about 1480

Sts. Peter and Paul / M Dresden Prayer
Sts. Peter and Paul

Flemish, about 1480