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    A Handome Fifteenth-Century Manuscript Leaf

    [Illuminated Manuscript]. [Medieval Miniature on vellum from a French Book of Hours in Latin by the "Monkey Master. "] Road to Calvary. Northern France: [ca. 1480]. Single Leaf. Approximately 6 x 3.25 inches. Fine medieval miniature on vellum from Northern France in Latin. Text for "Deus in adiutorium." The upper half shows Christ carrying the cross on the road to Calvary. Two figures pull him along with ropes; to the right stands Mary and two saints and a group of soldiers with pikes; further down the road are the two thieves in white with their hands tied and soldiers heading toward the hill with crucifixes. In the background are castellated hills. In the lower half is a rectangle with nine lines of French Batarde Secretary script in gold with five small illuminated initials and one large initial "D" with a hare in a flower. The large border around the text is a highly decorated background of brown on gilt. There are two children at the bottom holding onto a stick, at the sides are a bird and a snail. The verso is thirty one lines of text with fourteen illuminated initials in red, blue, and gold with white tracery. The border is in colors: green, brown, blue, and red in alternating bans decorated in gilt. A standing monkey looks to the text at his right. Trimmed to right border, old paper adherences to edges on verso from old mounting. A fine miniature. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "The Monkey Master," so called because of the use of a monkey figure in the drolleries, was probably not one man but a workshop in Delft.

    On the "Monkey Master" see The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting New York: Brazillier, 1990 pp. 266; 277-278.

    Medieval Miniature on vellum from A French Book of Hours in Latin.[By the "Monkey Master"] Road to Calvery. Text for Sext "Deus in adiutorium" Northern France: c1480. Single Leaf. 80 x 155mm. Fine medieval miniature on vellum from Northern France in Latin. The upper half shows Christ carrying the cross on the road to Calvery.To fiures pull him along with ropes; to the right stand Mary and two saints and a group of soldiers with pikes; further down the road are the two thieves in white with their hands tied and soldiers heading toward the hill with crucifixes. In the background are castleated hills. In the lower half is a rectangle with 9 lines of French Batarde Secretary script in gold with 5 small illuminated initials and one large initial "D" with a hare in a flower. The large border around the text is a highly decorated background of brown on gilt. There are two children at the bottom holding onto a stick, at the sides are a bird and a snail.
    The verso is 31 lines of text with 14 illuminated initials in red, blue, and gold with white tracery. The border is in colors: green, brown, blue, & red in alternating bans decorated in gilt. A standing monkey looks to the text at his right.
    The Monkey Master, so called because of the use of a monkey figure in the drolleries, was probably not one man but a workshop in Delft.
    Trimmed to right border, old paper adherences to edges on verso from old mounting. On the "Monkey Master" see "The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting" New York: Brazillier, 1990 pp266; 277-8. Medieval miniature. Illuminated. Horae. Illustrated.



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