On the Transmission of Artistic Patterns in Late Medieval Manuscript Illumination
Edited By Joris Corin Heyder and Christine Seidel
Beyond the 1520s: A Bellemare Workshop Manuscript in Liège (MS Wittert 29): Elizabeth L’Estrange
Beyond the 1520s: A Bellemare Workshop Manuscript in Liège (ms. Wittert 29)1
This article considers a Book of Hours, Liège University Library, ms. Wittert 29 which was noted by Myra Orth in a footnote to her 1988 article on the 1520s Hours Workshop. Wittert 29 is a hybrid Book of Hours the central section of which contains ten miniatures that bear a close relationship to a group of manuscripts produced in the 1520s, identified by Orth and now associated with the workshop of Noël Bellemare. The complex composition and codicology of Wittert 29 is analysed before its relationship to other Bellemare manuscripts is explored, in particular the significance of the elaborate Bellifontaine-style frames which enclose the miniatures. These frames suggest that Wittert 29 was produced in 1540s, thus making it an important link between the end of the workshop’s main period of production and the creation of later manuscripts in which the workshop’s artists had a hand, such as the Dinteville Hours (Paris, BnF, ms. lat. 10558) and the Recueil des rois de France (Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 2848).
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