A masterpiece by several Masters
Ghent. 1475. 650 parchment pages, every single page is illustrated and illuminated with gold and silver by Flemish painters of high renown. Hugo Van der Goe (the Master of the Book of Hours of Mary of Burgundy), the Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, Lieven van Lathem, Nicolas Spierinc, and Simon Marmion produced amazing masterpieces of trompe-l’oeil in its ornamental borders, the lavish decoration, and the numerous high-level iconographic resources, making of this Book of Hours a precursor work and one of the most significant works of art of the end of the Middle Ages.
The history of an incredible work of art
This codex, also known as Voustre Demeure, originally belonged to Margaret of York, sister of King Edward IV of England, and wife of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. They became the parents of Marie of Burgundy and grandparents of Margaret of Austria and Philip the Fair. Charles the Bold was thus the great-grandfather of Charles I of Spain (Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire). It would appear the codex was presented as a gift to Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain by the Emperor Maximilian, Marie of Burgundy’s widowed husband, on the occasion of the double marriage of their children, Margaret and Philip, to the Spanish rulers’ offspring, John and Joan.
We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Book of Hours of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain": Libro De Horas De Los Reyes Católicos facsimile edition, published by Patrimonio Ediciones