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[Book of Hours Leaf from the Mid 15th Century, France]

Description: France [Valence], mid-15th century. Text displayed in single column, bâtarde hand. Rubrics in pink, two two-line initials in gold and colors, and with a miniature of Matthew and his angel, enclosed by a rounded gilt frame as well with a border on three sides, the border containing acanthus leaves, hairline vines with gold dots, and trefoils, the same border on the outer margin of the other side of the leaf. The artist here has depicted Matthew in the act of writing. Matthew sits with his back to the table and displays an unfurled scroll across his lap and a stylus held high in the air as if seeking divine inspiration.
Date: [1450..1500]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[French Book of Hours Liturgical Calendar, April, Late 15th Century]

Description: A leaf for the month of April from a Liturgical calendar from a Book of Hours. Text displayed in single column, bâtarde hand. Three-line "KL" in brushed gold on a maroon ground, five one-line Domical letters in similar style, saints' days in red or blue (one major feast day in gold), each side with a panel border in the rinceau style, with swirling hairline stems bearing numerous burnished gold ivy leaves and berries and red and blue blossoms, the panel on the recto with a roundel showing the labor of the month of April (gathering flowers), and a roundel on the verso showing Taurus the bull. The painter of the roundels seems to have been influenced by the so-called Maître François.
Date: [1450..1500]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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