"GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, AND TO THE SON: AND TO THE HOLY GHOST": SPLENDID ILLUMINATED LEAF FROM A FRENCH BOOK OF HOURS, CIRCA 1520, FEATURING A STRIKING HAND-COLORED IMAGE OF THE ANNUNCIATION, FROM THE ATELIER OF GILLES AND GERMAIN HARDOUYN
(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Paris: Gilles Hardouyn for Germain Hardouyn, circa 1520. Single vellum leaf (5 by 8 inches), illuminated in gold, brown, white, gray, red, green, and blue inks; window matted and framed, entire piece measures 11-1/2 by 15 inches.
Wonderful illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, a large, hand-colored image depicting the Annunciation, with ten lines of Latin text from the Hours of the Virgin in batarde script and three one-line gilt initials.
This beautiful illuminated miniature is from a Book of Hours from 16th-century Paris. "In the early years of the 16th century, two brothers, Gilles and Germain Hardouyn, produced in Paris hundreds of printed Books of Hours. Gilles was the publisher and Germain was a fine illustrator who later printed and published under his own sign. Between 1509-1529 Gilles's workshop was at the end of the Notre Dame bridge 'at the sign of the golden rose'" (Canterbury Cathedral). The Latin batarde text is from the Hours of the Virgin. The large miniature depicts the Annunciation. A heavily pregnant Mary, dressed in her iconic blue, is shown haloed with a book in her lap. The Angel Gabriel kneels next to the Virgin, pointing up at a dove representing the Holy Spirit. The scene is set against a shallow background, featuring rich gold-heightened tapestry and intricate wood carvings. While this leaf is typical of a Hardouyn Book of Hours—including the furniture-like appearance of the border—it appears that the border may have been colored with unstable pigment or filled in at a later date, but the gilt outlines remain visible. The miniature and text are fully intact and striking in appearance. The recto bears ten lines of batarde text as well as three one-line initials in gilt on solid grounds.
Slightest creasing and soiling. A desirable illuminated leaf from a prominent Paris atelier.