This small masterpiece belongs to an important group of meticulously designed manuscripts in small format with architectural borders, which have recieved significant art historical and scholarly interest for decades. The book at hand boasts an exciting combination of architectural and classic trompe l’oeil borders and was illuminated by the Prayerbook Master of c. 1500, with another illuminator contributing to the border decorations.. Our book is in an excellent state of preservation, with breath-taking colours and delicate features.
This work was probably made for export to Italy, as the smooth vellum and the round Italianate script would have been well-suited to contemporary Italian tastes. The miniatures show firmly characterised figures, with lively gestures and convincing facial expressions. The master’s colouring is luminous and rich in contrast and perfectly blends in with the intricate and masterly painted border decoration.