TEXT FROM LAUDS.

(Paris: ca. 1500). 163 x 113 mm. (6 1/2 x 4 1/2"). Verso with 17 lines in an elegant gothic book hand.

Matted. Line-enders in pink and blue with small gold bezants, six one-line initials and one two-line initial in gold on pink and blue ground, one three-line initial in blue with white tracery, filled with colorful ivy leaves on a burnished gold ground, WITH A HALF-PAGE ARCH-TOPPED MINIATURE OF THE VISITATION, featuring the Virgin dressed in blue robes and Elizabeth in orange and red robes with a grey and white headpiece, the two women greeting each other in an outdoor setting in front of a tall building, SURROUNDED BY A FULL BORDER of colorful acanthus, flowers, berries, and a griffin-like creature, all on painted gold ground, the verso with a panel border of acanthus and flowers on bare vellum and painted gold ground. A couple miniscule chips to the women's skin (mostly on Elizabeth's face and hands), but hardly noticeable without a magnifying glass, and otherwise IN VERY FINE CONDITION, the paint bright and fresh and the gold sparkling.

This skillfully painted and very well-preserved miniature closely resembles the work of Jean Pichore, a major figure among Parisian illuminators of the period. The painting depicts the traditional scene associated with the hour of Lauds, a tender moment in which the pregnant Virgin meets with her older cousin Elizabeth, who is also with child. In the present depiction, Elizabeth presses her palms together in prayer while the Virgin touches her own swollen belly with one hand and gestures toward Elizabeth's stomach with the other. Both women appear serene, and the joy of their meeting is enhanced with the sedate surroundings of a courtyard, a clear blue sky, and tiny flecks of gold that seem to rain down from the sky to bless the happy scene below. The careful rendering of features, delicate use of gold highlighting, and the overall precision with which the figures and surroundings are executed all indicate an artist with very considerable skill and point to, at the very least, a talented follower of Pichore or member or his workshop. The Pichore style was often imitated by his contemporaries, but the quality of the painting here deserves special mention. Everything is clean and quiet, and magnification, rather than exposing inadequacy, emphasizes the deftness of the artist.
(ST17917)

Keywords: Book of Hours

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PJP Catalog: 81.049

(ST17917) TEXT FROM LAUDS. WITH A. MINIATURE OF THE VISITATION AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM A. BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN.
TEXT FROM LAUDS.