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Master of the Houghton Miniatures  

active: about 1476 - about 1480 perhaps Ghent

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A series of remarkable miniatures in a devotional book now in the Houghton Library at Harvard provided a name for the Master of the Houghton Miniatures. The very few illuminations identified as being from this artist's hand are all characterized by a crisp, precise drawing technique, a coherent and convincing sense of depth, and the frequent inclusion of weathered, rugged figures. The Master of the Houghton Miniatures was one of the most adventurous artists of his day in the depiction of space, often using a low vantage point to increase the drama of a landscape or interior. Because so little of the illuminator's work is known, it is difficult to determine the artist's center of activities, but Ghent in Flanders is thought to be the most likely place.

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Shepherds / M Houghton

Flemish, late 1470s