Gold Scrolls Group

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(fl c. 1415–55). Group of south Netherlandish illuminators. First identified by Winkler as the Master of the Gold Scrolls, it has subsequently been recognized that the catalogue of works attributed to this figure has assumed such proportions that it must be the product of a group of artists instead. The name derives from the manner in which the backgrounds of the miniatures are often painted: in flat colour, decorated with golden foliated ornament. Further stylistic characteristics are the representation of the figures, which look rather like little dolls with oval faces in which nose, mouth and eyes are only summarily treated. They are drawn with supple, unbroken lines and make stereotyped gestures. The folds of their garments are straight and sometimes fall softly in waves to the ground. Shallow pocket pleats formed above the belts are also typical, and the forms are modelled with hatched pen-strokes or by gradations in the paint. The dominant colours are green, blue, red and orange. The scenes take place in coulisse-type landscapes or fairly elaborate interiors. The depiction of cloth printed with small circles is also characteristic of the group.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.