Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, MS 21/63.256

Book of Hours of Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain Facsimile Edition

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Five major artists of the Flemish area worked on this splendid prayerbook: more than half of the miniatures are by Alexander (Sanders) Bening, with contributions by the Master of the First Prayer Book of Maximilian; Gerard David; the Master of James IV of Scotland; and the Master of the Prayer Books of around 1500.

The manuscript contains 40 full page miniatures, 10 half page miniatures, and 24 calendar medallions showing a richness equal to the owner of the work of art, Isabella the Catholic.

A great lover of Flemish art, Queen Isabella the Catholic treasured her many devotional books. This deluxe manuscript was created for her private devotions by highly organized and distinctly talented manuscript painters active in Ghent and Bruges.

The Ghent-Bruges school represents the culmination of Flemish book painting, whose main features were the use of rich colors, illusionistic effects, a love of landscape, and a strong sense of visual narrative.

Manuscripts produced by this circle of artists are renowned for their border decoration featuring a rich variety of realistically painted flowers, scrolling acanthus leaves, birds, and butterflies.

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Red velvet, decorated with the frontispice of Isabella the Catholic

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Book of Hours of Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain": Isabella la Catholica Book of Hours facsimile edition, published by Faksimile Verlag, 2013

Isabella la Catholica Book of Hours

Lucerne or Munich: Faksimile Verlag, 2013

  • Commentary (English) by De Kesel, Lieve
  • Limited Edition: 980 copies + 40 copies in Roman numbers
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).


Red velvet

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