MINIATURIST, German
(active 1480s in Regensburg)

The Salzburg Missal

1478-1489
Manuscript (Clm 15708-712, 5 volumes), 377 x 275 mm
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich

This manuscript, composed of 5 books, contains 22 masses for the most important feast days of the ecclesiastical year in Salzburg Cathedral. It was produced in Regensburg where the illuminator Berthold Furtmeyr (c. 1435-1506) was active. His major achievement is the Salzburg Missal. Producing the monumental Missal took more than a decade and required three consecutive patrons, the archbishops of Salzburg.

One of the finest miniatures of the manuscript (on folio 60v from volume 3) shows in the central medallion the Tree of Death and the Wood of Life, according to a conception of medieval theology.




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