Old Masters Week featuring Renaissance - New York, January 2014


A celebrated masterpiece of Renaissance manuscript illumination, The Rothschild Prayerbook features lavish and extensive illustrations by the most renowned and sought-after illuminators of the early 16th century, including Gerard Horenbout and Simon Bening. Among the highlights of this hand-painted Book of Hours is an exquisite miniature with the Virgin and child on a crescent moon, one of a group of illuminations by the painter Gerard David. Boasting an illustrious provenance, it joined the fabled collections of the Rothschild family in the 19th century. In 1999, when the Collection of the Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild were entrusted to Christie’s in London, the prayerbook sold for over $13 million, a world record for its category. This January, it returns to auction for the first time in nearly 15 years. To learn more about The Rothschild Prayerbook, watch the video below and view the eCatalogue.

Gallery Talk: The Rothschild Prayerbook