Master of the Gold Scrolls (Belgian)
ink, tempera and gold on vellum, Leaf: 14.9 x 11.2 cm (5 13/16 x 4 3/8 in.). The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2011.59
The illuminator of this leaf is one of a group of painters and workshops collectively known as the "Masters of the Gold Scrolls," named after the gold tendrils that frequently, but not always, occupy the backgrounds of the groupâ€™s compositions. The present miniature is by one of the Gold Scrollsâ€™ finest hands. From the 1440s onward, the gold scroll motif begins to disappear in their miniatures and replaced, as here, by landscape. Saint James the Greater is shown as a Christian pilgrim. The miniature would have appeared in the Suffrages of the book of hours.
CMA, 19 December 1999 - 27 February 2000, The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection of Manuscript Illuminations, cat. 45, illus. p. 48.
Main Gallery Rotation (gallery 115): December 16, 2013 - December 8, 2014.
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