The book comprises: a Calendar (fol.1r); the Gospel Sequences (fol.13r); the Obsecro te (fol.19r); the O intemerata (fol.22r); the Hours of the Virgin with Matins (fol.25r), Lauds (fol.46r), Prime (fol.56r), Terce (fol.61v), Sext (fol.65v), None (fol.69v), Vespers (fol.73v), Compline (fol.79v); the Penitential Psalms (fol.85r) with a Litany; the Hours of the Cross (fol.99v); the Hours of the Holy Spirit (fol.105r); the Office of the Dead (fol.110v); the Doulce Dame (fol.153r); the Sept Requestes (fol. 158r).
This is a fine Book of Hours illuminated by an artist closely related to the Dunois Master. His style originates in that of the Bedford Master, probably the Alsatian artist Haincelin of Hagenau, recorded in Paris from 1403 to 1424. The mention of a Jean Haincelin between 1438 and 1449 probably refers to his son, who may have been the Dunois Master himself. This artist, also known as the ‘chief associate’ of the Bedford Master, took over the leading role in the Bedford workshop around 1435/40 and continued to work in a similar style for about three decades. A clear distinction between the Bedford Master and his workshop is often difficult to make because of the homogenous style and use of common models. Characteristic for the work of the Dunois Master is his light palette and the very delicate modelling with small brushstrokes and little dots. Many miniatures in this Book of Hours convey the same sense for soft flesh tones, light and flowing hair and heavy draperies. However, some miniatures, such as the Annunciation to the Virgin, show figures with small heads which differ from the figural repertoire of the Dunois Master, and suggest a different hand.
The miniatures comprise: (1) fol.13r, St. John on Patmos; (2) fol.25r, the Annunciation, with four historiated roundels relating to the parents of the Virgin with the Expulsion of Joachim of the Temple, the Annunciation of the birth of the Virgin to Joachim, the Meeting at the Golden Gate and the Birth of the Virgin; (3) fol.46r, the Visitation of the Virgin and St. Elizabeth; (4) fol.56v, the Nativity; (5) fol.61v, the Annunciation to the Shepherds; (6) fol.65v, the Adoration of the Three Magi; (7) fol.69v, the Presentation in the Temple; (8) fol.73v, the Flight into Egypt; (9) fol.79v, the Coronation of the Virgin; (10) fol.85r, King David in Prayer; (11) fol.99v, the Crucifixion; (12) fol.105r, the Pentecost; (13) fol.110v, a Burial; (14) fol.153r, the Virgin and Child; (15) fol.158r, the Last Judgement.
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