26 October 2016
Property from the Newark Museum, Sold to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund
SAINT CHRISTOPHER, THE VIRGIN AND CHILD and THE RAISING OF LAZARUS, three miniatures with full borders on three leaves from Books of Hours, illuminated manuscripts on vellum [Paris, c.1490s].
Three leaves, the first loose, the second and third hinged together: the first (5 1/8 x 3 1/8) illustrating the suffrage to Saint Christopher, and painted by the Master of Jacques de Besançon, one of the most prolific and accomplished illuminators working in Paris at the end of the 15th century. Recently identified as François le Berbier fils, he was, with the Master of Jean Rolin and Maître François, part of a trio of illuminators who dictated the style of illumination in Paris in the second half of the 15th century. Alongside a prolific and more routine output, most of the prestigious commissions from the court and leading ecclesiastics were fulfilled by this trio. The second and third leaves (5 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches and 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches), with the Virgin and Child illustrating the prayer Obsecro te and the Raising of Lazarus the Office of the Dead are both painted by the Master of the Chroniques Scandaleuses, named from the copy of Jean de Roye's chronicle in Paris (BnF, Clair. 481). His activity can be traced in Paris between about 1490 and 1510 when he attracted commissions for the greatest patrons: from Cardinal Georges d’Amboise to Anne of Brittany.
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