Masters of the Zwolle Bible / Leaf from a Book of Hours: Initial H / c. 1470-1480Masters of the Zwolle Bible
Leaf from a Book of Hours: Initial H
c. 1470-1480

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Creator Name: Masters of the Zwolle Bible
Creator Qualifier: related to
Creator Nationality: European; Netherlandish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1751 - 1829
Creator Name-CRT: Masters of the Zwolle Bible
Title: Leaf from a Book of Hours: Initial H
Title Type: Primary
Title: Floriated Initial H: Leaf from a Book of Hours
Title Type: Former
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1465
Creation End Date: 1485
Creation Date: c. 1470-1480
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Manuscript
Materials and Techniques: ink, tempera and gold on vellum
Dimensions: Each leaf: 17.5cm x 12.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.134
Credit Line: The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection
Provenance: [Bruce Ferrini, Akron]

Leaf from a Book of Hours:

Initial H (opening, Hours of the Cross),

about 1470-80

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection CMA 1999.134

[Cat. no. 56]

Dutch manuscripts produced between about 1450 and 1500 are difficult to localize. Many shared or exchanged characteristics can be found, particularly in terms of page layout, border decoration, and initial design. The borders of this leaf are embellished with brightly colored flowers (columbines) and acanthus leaves infilled with gold disks, tiny green leaves, and little black dots. Though different in palette, these elements closely resemble borders and initials produced by a group of artists associated with the Zwolle Bible now in the University Library in Utrecht. This leaf is painted in an associated style by an artist who must have been familiar with the Zwolle group.

Alexander Bening (Flanders, Ghent, about 1444-1519)

AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.134
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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