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Leaf from a Book of Hours: Text with Illustrated Border (verso)

Characteristic of the artist's hand, the bright orange-reds combine with deep blues, greens, and an abundance of gold wash in this leaf. He used fine parallel lines or crosshatching in gold to indicate the shading, highlights, and texture of draperies, suggesting some knowledge of printmaking, an art for which Rouen was also an important center. His figures have large, thickly outlined oval faces. This miniature also demonstrates the emerging fashion in both Rouen and Paris for highly involved, Italianate architectural frames: winged putti, swags, urns, garlands, scallop shells, pillasters, and masks. These elements could be assembled in different ways so that no two frames were identical. Roue ...
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c. 1510
Ink, tempera and liquid gold on vellum
19.5 x 13.0cm
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
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