17 November 2004
PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE, illuminated metalcut on a leaf from a Book of Hours printed on vellum [Paris: c.1510].
187 x 114mm (visible area), the Virgin kneeling before the altar with the infant Christ held by Simeon, with Joseph carrying a basket of doves, others in attendance, within a frame of golden renaissance architectural forms also enclosing two lines of text, gothic type and two-line illuminated initial in gold, red and blue. Framed.
NATIVITY, illuminated metalcut on a leaf from a Book of Hours printed on vellum [Paris: c.1510].
169 x 99mm (visible area), the Virgin kneeling before the Christ Child in the manger, with the ox and ass, and a night cityscape in the background, enclosed by foliated columns on either side and segments of a gothic arch at the top. Gothic type, two-line rubric in French at the top, and 19 lines of text in Latin below the image, with initials in gold, red and blue. Framed.
The Presentation in the Temple, marking the opening of None, resembles the early 16th-century printing of Jean Poitevins both in style and in type. The Nativity, here marks the opening of matins of the Office of the Virgin for Advent, and is close in style to the designs of the illuminator the Master of Anne of Brittany that continued to be utilised by several Parisian printers into the 16th century. (2)
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