MINIATURIST, Flemish
(active 1410s)

Book of Hours of Marie of Gueldern

1415
Manuscript (MS Germ. qu. 42), 180 x 134 mm
Staatsbibliothek, Berlin

The sumptuous Book of Hours of Marie of Gueldern contains six full-page miniatures and eighty-six smaller pictures executed by a number of hands. The Hours of the Passion begins with an unusual pair, a curious Annunciation (folio 19v) and a more traditional Arrest of Christ (folio 20r). The smaller miniature of the Arrest with its stocky figures, ruddy faces, and suspended gestures cramped into a shallow space conforms to the style of other Netherlandish illustrations of the early fifteenth century, but the Annunciation is executed with the grace, aristocratic mannerism, and elegance of French miniatures.

The picture shows the Arrest of Christ.




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