Hours of Charles the Noble, King of Navarre (1361-1425): fol. 78v, Adoration of the Magi (Sext)

Master of the Brussels Initials and Associates (French)c. 1405

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This precious volume was obviously highly prized by its owner, the French-born King of Navarre, who had his coat of arms painted on no less than twenty folios. Rather than directly commissioning this manuscript from a specific workshop, it seems that Charles the Noble acquired his book of hours -- perhaps ready-made for the luxury market -- while on a trip to Paris in 1404-05. A collaborative effort, six painting styles are evidenced within the pages of this codex, those of two Italians, two Frenchmen, and two Netherlanders. The painter who was responsible for the planning and decoration of the book, and who produced seventeen of the large miniatures, was a Bolognese artist known as the Master of the Brussels Initials. His principal assistant, responsible for most of the borders, was a Florentine who signed his name "Zecho" da Firenze on folio 208 verso.

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  • Title: Hours of Charles the Noble, King of Navarre (1361-1425): fol. 78v, Adoration of the Magi (Sext)
  • Creator: Master of the Brussels Initials and Associates (French)
  • Date Created: c. 1405
  • Physical Dimensions: Codex: 19.4 x 13.7 cm (7 5/8 x 5 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Edmond de Rothschild, Maurice de Rothschild, Edmond de Rothschild, Paris, Edmond de Rothschild; Maurice de Rothschild; Edmond de Rothschild, Paris
  • Type: Bound Volume
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1964.40.78.b
  • Medium: ink, tempera, and gold on vellum
  • Department: Medieval Art
  • Culture: France, Paris, 15th century
  • Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
  • Collection: MED - Manuscript Illuminations
  • Accession Number: 1964.40.78.b

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