Crohin - La Fontaine Hours
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Master of the Dresden Prayer Book , illuminator; and workshop of Master of the Dresden Prayer Book
Flemish, Bruges, about 1480 - 1485?
Tempera colors, gold paint, and ink on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with brown calf
5 1/4 x 3 11/16 in.
MS. 23

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In this luxurious Flemish book of hours, a full-page miniature and a pair of full borders mark the beginning of each new section. Despite their small size, the miniatures in this book possess the breadth and expansiveness of large-scale paintings. This convincing illusion of space and atmosphere is the hallmark of the Master of the Dresden Prayer Book.

Although no records show who originally owned the book when it was made at the end of the 1400s, it is known to have passed through the hands of two noble owners in the 1500s, members of the Crohin and La Fontaine families. They both added full-page miniatures with their coats of arms to the book, indicating the pride subsequent owners took in possessing a book of such distinguished artistry.

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