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Master of the Lübeck Bible  

active:about 1485 - about 1520 perhaps Ghent
illuminator
Flemish

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The Master of the Lübeck Bible is named for the celebrated series of woodcuts designed for a Bible printed at Lübeck, Germany, in 1494. The artist has long been known as a contributor to at least two other early printed books, but the style of those woodcuts has only recently been linked to certain manuscript illuminations.

Although relatively few illuminations can be ascribed to the Master of the Lübeck Bible, these are easily seen to share the frenetic sense of movement and strange impression of distortion that permeate the artist's woodcuts. Figures frequently seem to have unnaturally elongated faces, while the artist's spaces are often dramatically foreshortened or oddly telescoped. It is not clear where the artist lived, but his close association with the Ghent-based artist the Master of James IV of Scotland may indicate that the Master of the Lübeck Bible was active in that city.

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Spinola Hours / M James IV
Spinola Hours

Flemish, about 1510

St. John / M Lübeck
St. John

Flemish, 1510-1520

Coronation / M Lübeck
Coronation

Flemish, 1510-1520

David in Prayer / M Lübeck
David in Prayer

Flemish, 1510

Death of Virgin / M Lübeck
Death of Virgin

Flemish, 1510-1520