Breviary, winter part, 1476-78

Anonymous artist from Constance
This Breviary for the liturgical use of Constance, although destined for daily use and written on paper, miraculously survived in very good condition throughout the years. Both scribe and artist date their work five times over a period of three years from 1476-1478. The initials show an inventive and highly skilled artist at work. A delightful and complex narrative unfurls in the margins of f. 87v. It is the most elaborate decoration in this book and accompanies the feast of Nativity.
Illuminated manuscript on paper.
315 × 220 mm. – 437 leaves. 20 historiated initials, one full-page composition



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