(France [Paris or Tours]: ca. 1530). 150 x 75 mm. (6 x 3"). Single column, 20 lines in a fine humanist hand.

Rubrics in red, line filler in green highlighted with gold, text enclosed by gold frame delicately shadowed with blue or green, with one one-line initial in gold on a blue ground and two two-line initials, one in pink and white on a brushed gold ground with a floral sprig at center, the other in gold on a blue ground with white tracery. Trimmed close along fore edge, cropping off part of the frame on both sides, but A FINE, BRIGHT LEAF, clean and smooth with intact paint, shining gold, and artful decoration.

This charming leaf from a Renaissance prayer book is decorated in the style of the 1520s Hours workshop, which created, in Wieck's words, "illuminations of the most refined delicacy" ("Painted Prayers," p. 73). In Lilian M. C. Randall's catalogue of French manuscripts in the Walters Art Museum, a book from the 1520s Hours Workshop (Walters MS 449) is described as "a fine example of the superb level of craftsmanship attained in French manuscript production during the last quarter century of its full-fledged existence." (II, 532).
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