Master of the Prayerbooks of c. 1500

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(fl c. 1500). South Netherlandish illuminator. The name was devised by Winkler to reflect the fact that miniatures by this artist are found in many south Netherlandish Books of Hours of the period around 1500. A typical example of his consistent and distinctive style is Codex 1862 of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna. The relatively crude figures have stereotyped faces: those of the women often distinctly egg-shaped, those of the men with straight noses, low foreheads and hair that sits on the head like a cap. In the landscape backgrounds, the thickly painted clouds and the trees stand out. The trees have either round, vivid green leaves or (even in summer landscapes) no leaves at all. Bare trees and pale hills, which look like chalk cliffs, recur throughout the works of the Master. Garments are often painted in pastel shades such as pale violet or light wine-red; the Master particularly liked to include a garment in shell-gold, shaded with orange. Also, his figures are often grey- or white-haired. Thick wine-red ink lines often surround the picture area.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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